JuCo prospect Dontae Coleman commits to Cal

Cal has added a late get to its 2016 recruiting class in JuCo guard Dontae Coleman.

California has added JuCo guard Dontae Coleman to its 2016 recruiting class, which includes signee Tyson Jolly.

The 6-foot-3.5, 188-pounder said that he had the commitment on his mind for a month, but wanted to take his time.

"I talked to my mom, my brother, my sister, whole family, and I thought today was the day I needed to do it," Coleman said. "I knew for a month that I was going to go to Cal, so I made it official today."

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1634867-cal-offers-juco-po...  A former commit to FAU, Coleman has a 3.3 GPA this year after graduating high school with a 2.8, and said he's been hitting the books hard.

What was it about the Bears that so held Coleman's fancy?

"Coach Cuonzo Martin and I have a great relationship, and coach Tracy Webster, I have a great relationship with him, and I feel that my game can go to the next level, going to Cal," Coleman said. "I'll get better, and I can play at a high level, and plus, it's California."

What was the staff's reaction when he sprung the commitment on them on Friday?

"I called coach Webster and coach Martin today, and they were happy; they were excited," Coleman said.

Coleman will have three years to play three after spending a year at Lawson State (Ala.) Junior College, and will send in his letter of intent, he said, next month. He's also set to make an official visit to Cal sometime in the next three weeks, but the Bears' postseason may interfere with that. That's just fine, Coleman said, because he thinks that Cal can "go all the way, and win it all," in March Madness.

Coleman had thought about taking visits to other schools during the month between when he decided he wated to go to Cal, and his actual commitment, but that would have been of no use.

"Iowa State was coming hard, and that was about it, Colorado State, Cleveland State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern," said Coleman. "I was going to take a couple of visits, but once I thought about it, I was like, 'I'm going to Cal anyway, so I don't want to waste other schools' time, and my time and visit, when I know where I want to go.'"

Still, he wanted to think things over, after his hasty commit last recruiting cycle to Florida Atlantic.

"I wanted to see what other schools came on, and what other schools had to offer, and also, I wanted to get my JuCo season over with," Coleman said.

Coleman led the Alabama Community College Conference in scoring (19.9 ppg), was second in field goal percentage (47.7%), shot 42.6% from beyond the arc, hit 76.9% of his free throws, averaged 4.4 rebounds per game and racked up 173 assists (6.2 assists per game) as the point guard for Lawson State, the third-most in the conference.

With Sam Singer the favorite to run the point after Tyrone Wallace departs, Coleman said he's comfortable playing on and off the ball.

"Whatever they say, I'm ready," Coleman said. "I'll come in and play hard. They haven't told me whether they want me to come in and play the point and off the ball. Just come in and play hard."

Three-point shooting was, Lawson said, where he improved the most during his season at Lawson State, after hitting about 30% in high school.

"I've improved my three-ball, my ball handling and my leadership, my free throws, and finishing at the basket, and overcoming adversity in the college game," Coleman said. "In high school, I didn't take a lot of threes. I was the best player, so I got double teamed, triple teamed, and I used to force up shots. My shot selection is way better. It's way better now."

Coleman said that, watching the Bears over the last few weeks, he's paid great attention to the crowd.

"The whole atmosphere, it's just crazy, and I want to be a part of that," he said. "I'm very excited. I can't wait."

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