Patton Hopes Coleman Will Add Scoring Punch

Ricardo Patton thinks juco transfer Dominique Coleman has the potential to impact the Buffs next season as a compliment to the scoring of Richard Roby. Coleman, who signed a letter of intent during the late signing period, agrees.

Dominique Coleman, a 6-foot-4 guard, led the National Junior College Athletic Association in scoring last season, averaging 27.1 points with 7.2 rebounds a game for Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.

Coleman also ranked seventh nationally in steals per game (3.8) and led Hillsborough to a 19-11 record this past year. Hillsborough was defeated in the championship game of Florida's junior college tournament.

Asked about the style of his offensive game, Coleman told the Buffalo Sports News: "If my jump shot's not falling, I'm going to the basket. If my jump shot is falling, I'll continue to go to the basket just to get points from different spots on the floor."

Coleman will be a junior in the fall with three years to play two. He'll join a roster top heavy with seniors. Scholarship players on the roster will include seniors Julius Ashby, Lamont Arrington, Chris Copeland, Glean Eddy, Martane Freeman, Antoine McGee, Jayson Obazuaye and Andy Osborn, junior Marcus Hall, sophomores Marcus King-Stockton and Richard Roby, and freshman Calvin Williams. Ryan Dermody, of Loveland High School, is expected to walk on to CU in the fall and receive a scholarship next year.

Roby led Colorado in socring with 16 points per game. As a team, the Buffs averaged 71.6 ppg last season, the second-fewest in Patton's nine full seasons at CU and the second-fewest average for a Colorado team since the 1987-88 season.

"Dominique has good size and athleticism about him and I think he's one of the pieces that we need to compliment Richard Roby and his scoring ability," Patton said.

But whether or not the scoring prowess Coleman showed at Hillsborough will translate to the Big 12 remains to be seen. Freeman was the JC Player of the year at Penn Valley JC in 2003-04, where he averaged 19 ppg, and, prior to last season, Patton suggested he could lead the Buffs in scoring. But Freeman languished on the bench much of the season, before playing his best ball in the Big 12 tournament in his hometown of Kansas City.

Coleman grew up in Oakland, Calif., and prepped there and in Key West, Fla., where he graduated from Key West High School. He visited CU the weekend of April 16 and was impressed enough to sign his LOI the following week. He said he was also being recruited by Oklahoma, Baylor, Mercer, Houston and, Washington State, among others.

"(Colorado) seemed like the best situation," Coleman said. "It seemed like a good program and if felt like a good fit where I would come in and help them get over the hump, so that we can compete for the Big 12 championship."

He also had praise for Patton.

"He was honest and he was real involved and interested in me more than anybody else," Coleman said of his new coach. "He was a head coach and he was after me like he was assistant. He was here, he was there, he was everywhere I was, just letting me know how interested he was and dedicated to getting me."

He'll likely play the two guard at Colorado, the position he played at Hillsborough, but could also play some point guard. Hall and Obazuaye played both positions last year.

"We'll see what the exact right fit is for me to play," Coleman said.

Patton said he likes Coleman's potential.

"I think Dominique has a chance to be a terrific player in the Big 12," Patton said.

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