Coleman Surprises Some, But Not All, At NBPA

Justin Coleman made a splash at NBA Camp this past weekend. His play has him primed to enter Scout.com's Top 100 and college attention is about to pick up.

Justin Coleman was named the Surprise Player of the NBA Camp, but for some his high level performance wasn't that surprising.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing began establishing himself as a high major prospect in April. As the spring wore on his name began to hold more weight and then he put together a big effort at the Tournament of Champions.

"Rob Harrington of PrepStars.com first told me about Coleman," Scout.com National Recruiting Director and NBA Camp director of player personnel Dave Telep said. "I think Rob really liked him, then we saw him at the Southern Jam Fest.

"I remember inviting him right before he played against Team Florida in Chapel Hill," he continued. "Within an hour, he put 25 points on Team Florida in the first half of a game. If you weren't sold on the talent before then, it was obvious after that outburst. His blowup reminds me of Von Wafer's from a few years ago.

Coleman remembers how it unfolded as well. A standout at Richmond (Va.) Henrico, Coleman only played 10 games last season, so he wasn't able to build his reputation during the high school season. But he certainly did during AAU ball.

"They started talking about me first at the Boo Williams complex and after that they wanted to see if I could perform at another big tournament," Coleman said. "So I went to Bob Gibbons and I stayed consistent up there and scored it and he had an invite waiting for me."

This past weekend Coleman showed up in Charlottesville (Va.) ready to play. The four-star prospect averaged 10 points a game at NBA Camp and showed off a solid stroke from long distance and an ability to play above the rim.

"The competition level [was] way higher than what I'm used to," the 2010 prospect told Scout.com. "It allowed me to perform at my best."

Although he only played 10 games this past season at Henrico, he still lead them in scoring with 23 points and 13 rebounds per game. But playing half the season kept him off coaches radar.

But that changed. Since his performance at the Southern Jam Fest, Coleman has heard from a variety of schools – Xavier, Indiana, Charlotte, Marquette, Oklahoma, Duke, Central Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Florida.

"All of them are basically saying the same thing because I only played half the season and they weren't contacting me during the season, so they want to see me play," Coleman said.

At this point Coleman doesn't have any scholarship offers, but he has taken four unofficial visits. Thus far he's been to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and VCU.

Coleman will be back in action with Peterburg Elite during July.


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