UPDATE: As of 4:16 p.m. on April 13, Coleman tells BearTerritory that he has signed with Cal.
This week, the California basketball program hosted two official visits -- one being uncommitted Nick Robinson, and the other being JuCo commit Dontae Coleman. Coleman brought his mother and his brother along, but once he got to Berkeley, he found a new kind of family.
"We played with the guys, went around campus, talked with the players and chilled a day with the players and went out with the players," Coleman said. "[I got a] great vibe. I was a little surprised. Felt like we were a family instantly, and I was accepted very quickly. Me and Ivan [Rabb] talked to most though, and I was with him most of my visit."
Rabb, of course, has the chance to leave school early to enter the NBA Draft, but while with the visitors, he was all about Cal.
"[We] talked about cal in general and the coaching staff and how everybody is a big family," Coleman said. "He's real cool and down to earth. He loves Cal and all the students love him, by the way they react to him on campus."
"I was impressed," Coleman said. "We all spoke and sat in the living room and played games and they just talked about some of the games they should've had last year, but gave them away late, and how workouts are intense, and practices."
Of course, getting close off the court is one thing, and getting close on the court is quite another. To that end, Coleman, Robineson and the active players engaged in some pickup games, with the two visitors each on opposing squads.
As for Rabb's fellow freshman Jaylen Brown, he wasn't around during the visit, but Coleman -- who camped with Brown the summer before their sophomore years in high school -- did talk with him before the visit.
"We've been pretty cool since. and just how he liked cal and coach Martin," Coleman said. "He loves it. Everyone on the team says coach Martin is a very motivational guy, and very funny, and cares about you, past basketball."
"[We talked about] the expectations and what they expect out of me, and that they are going to push me like crazy and I can make a living and good money playing this game, with my talent," Coleman said.
Coleman was the first to come out and support Martin and the staff during the upheaval last month, and after this visit, he said, he's more ride-or-die than ever with the Bears.null