Louisiana Tech Lands Star Forward

Louisiana Tech Head Coach received his first commitment for the 2009 class when Kadeem Coleby made his decision.

Kadeem Coleby is in Dallas for an Adidas tournament this weekend. He is on his way back home to the Bahamas and he won't return to the States until September, when he heads back for his senior year at Christian Life Center in Humble, TX.

While in Dallas, Coleby took care of business on and off the court. "He did well," said Grassroots Canada Head Coach Ro Russell. "He was real solid; he averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds."

As his summer basketball schedule came to an end, Coleby also decided to put an end to basketball recruiting. "Kadeem committed to Louisiana Tech," announced Russell. "Tech recruited him the longest and he felt comfortable with them. Magnum Rolle is from the same country and he's there and they also have Olu Ashaolu, who played on the same team as Kadeem with us."

Coach Russell said Louisiana Tech is a good fit for Coleby. "He will be able to work with Karl Malone on his development," explained Russell. "He is going to one of the top programs in the conference."

Grassroots Canada recently won the Adidas 64 tournament in Las Vegas. Programs from all over the country took notice. "Kadeem had a good showing there," mentioned Russell. "That's when some of the bigger programs starting recruiting him." Coleby had offers from Minnesota, Marquette, Providence, Tulsa, and Nevada, according to Russell. Memphis and Pittsburgh were also actively recruiting the power big man from the Bahamas.

Coleby is the first commitment for Louisiana Tech's 2009 class. The Bulldogs have two seniors this season: J.C. Clark and Adrian Rogers. It is likely that Head Coach Kerry Rupp will look to add one more player to the class.

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