Former FAU commit Dontae Coleman offered by Cal

After backing off his pledge to Florida Atlantic, a year in junior college has paid off for point guard Dontae Coleman, as he scored a Cal offer on Thursday.

California has become the first major offer for Lawson State (Ala.) junior college point guard Dontae Coleman, a one-time Florida Atlantic commit out of Augusta (Ga.) Butler.

It capped off a months-long recruitment of the now-6-foot-3.5, 188-pounder, who came out of high school as a 6-foot-1, 175-pound, bouncy three-point shooter.

"Coach [Cuonzo] Martin just called me one day, and said he'd been hearing about me and he likes what he was hearing about me, and he needed a point guard, since Tyrone Wallace is leaving after next year," Coleman said. "We've kept in touch ever since then, which was back in October."

Going into his game on Thursday night, Coleman is averaging 18.4 points per game, hitting 45% of his shots from the floor, 42.9% from three, and is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. He's hitting 82.2% of his free throws, and is averaging 6.52 assists per game.

"Coach [Tracy] Webster came out and saw me, and saw me work out and stuff," Coleman said. "They wanted for me to get stronger, after liking what they had seen, so they got all my transcripts and grades and checked over all of that, and found out that I would be able to get in next year, if I was to commit. Then, they offered me a scholarship."

Coleman had initally committed to FAU, but, he said, "things started to change the way I felt about the coaching staff."

"My family and I decided that I should reconsider, and when I re-opened my recruitment, I was getting calls, but it wasn't a situation I wanted to be in," Coleman said. "So, I told myself, I'll go to JuCo for a year, and I could raise my stock, which I'm doing now. I just didn't want to rush a decision or anything."

With a strong year at Lawson State, Coleman has now received offers from the Bears, Colorado State, Kennesaw State, Cleveland State and FAU, again. Georgia Southern, Tennessee-Martin, Georgia, and Illinois-Chicago have also shown interest.

Since he was a full qualifier out of high school, Coleman has three years of eligibility left, and wants to make his decision after his season is over, in late February or early March.


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