Coleman Paces Indiana Elite 16U Title

Jalen Coleman, a sophomore from Indianapolis Cathedral High School, had a big weekend for Indiana Elite's 16U Championship Team at Spiece Run N' Slam. We caught up with him at the event.

Jalen Coleman, a 6'2" combo guard from Indianapolis is one of the key players for the Indiana Elite 16U team that took home the gold division championship this weekend. Whenever his team needed a bucket, they looked his way and he delivered.

The Indiana Elite 16U team is a very guard-heavy team, featuring future division one players in Coleman, Hyron Edwards, and Chandler White. The abundance of guards makes earning playing time more difficult, but Coleman thinks it helps open up the perimeter a lot more for his team.

"With a lot of our players being guards," he said, "that opens up a lot for me and for everybody else."

Indiana Elite's 16U team showed the ability to both run in the fast break and play a methodical half-court game. Coleman feels like his skill set fits in with what his team's M.O. is.

He said, "With my length, and having a good hesitation and a good shot, the change of pace game really plays well with me."

Coleman has the ability to handle the ball at the point guard position as well as shoot from the perimeter and penetrate like a shooting guard. Doing both this spring is nothing unfamiliar to him, and having Hyron Edwards as a second point guard frees him up as well.

"I do both at my school," he said. "I'll bring it up and play the two also. Hyron and I both create mismatches when we play together."

This offseason has been a productive one for Coleman, who has improved his game in a number of ways.

"I'm a better point guard," he said. "My basketball IQ has increased and I've gotten stronger."

One area in particular that Coleman has targeted for improvement moving forward is his strength.

"Really I still want to get better," he said. "I've been taking my protein and lifting and stuff like that."

Despite just being a sophomore, Coleman already holds a very impressive list of offers from schools like Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Providence, and Clemson.

With an already strong list of offers and plenty of other interest still coming his way, Coleman is doing his best to stay grounded throughout the whole process.

"It's a blessing having all those (offers)," he said. "My family and I talk a lot about being humble and being thankful."

Coleman hasn't thought too far ahead to what will separate schools in the end when he goes to make his decision, but early playing time could be a factor.

"Probably just what they have to offer me early on," Coleman said. "Whether I'd be redshirting or playing early. I'm also looking for a good coaching staff, good players around me."

Coleman isn't really close to narrowing anything down yet, and favorites aren't even on his mind at this point. He does think he could be close to adding a couple more offers from the Big Ten, however.

"It's pretty even so far, I don't have any favorites," he said. "I do think Michigan and Michigan State could be close to offering me too, so they'll be on my list."

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