2010 SG Coleman plans to visit

Louisville already has three verbal commitments in the Class of 2010. Rick Pitino's Cardinals aren't done. Four-star shooting guard Gerard Coleman is getting strong interest from Louisville and the 6-foot-3, 180-pound standout is planning to check out the Cards.

With commitments from 6'10 C Jeremy Tyler, 6'7 SF Justin Martin and 6'6 F Josh Langford, Rick Pitino is well on his way toward lining up one of the nation's top recruiting classes in 2010. Here's another name for Cardinals fans to keep a close eye on: Gerard Coleman, a 6-3 shooting guard from West Roxbury (MA) Tilton School.

"I'm hearing from Louisville, UConn, Providence, Kansas, Villanova…" Coleman said.

So who's showing the junior guard the most interest right now?

"Louisville, UConn, Providence, Kansas and Virginia," said Coleman.

While he's not ready to talk favorites, it's clear Louisville is a player in his recruitment.

"I'm probably going to take some visits this upcoming year but I haven't really cut my list down," he said. "I want to visit Providence and Louisville early this year, and maybe Clemson."

Louisville assistant Richard Pitino is working on Coleman for the Cardinals and has developed a good relationship with the athletic slasher with a velvety perimeter jump shot. Pitino traveled to watch Coleman last week at his high school.

"I talk to him constantly," Coleman said. "We talked about a visit and I'd like to come down and just see how the campus is. I don't want to be too close to home. I like the academics at Louisville – they have what I want to major in. And Coach (Pitino) is the best. He's a great coach."

Coleman emerged over the summer while playing for BABC as one of the nation's elite wing prospects. Extremely athletic, Coleman is ranked the No. 16 SG in the Class of 2010. Long, athletic and skilled, Coleman excels finishing around the basket and is accurate from three-point range. A triple-threat guy, Coleman can pass, handle and shoot and could develop into a lock-down defender at the next level.

"I've gotten a little bigger since last year. I've put on about 15 pounds," said Coleman. "My three-point shot is coming along well and my handle is getting better. It would really be nice to win a championship this season."


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