Coleman talks favorites

Four-star 2010 shooting guard Gerard Coleman has a few Big East programs in his current Top 5. The athletic Tilton (NH) star has enjoyed a solid junior season and he's looking to make some campus visits to his favorite schools this spring/summer.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Gerard Coleman, rated the No. 55 prospect nationally by, lists Louisville, Clemson, UConn, Providence and Miami as his early five favorites. Coleman says he has offers from each program.

"I'll probably take three or four visits this spring or summer," Coleman said. "I'll probably visit Louisville, Clemson, UConn, Providence and Miami. It's hard to make visits when I'm in school."

Clemson, Louisville, Providence, Boston College and UConn have sent assistants to see him this season. Rick Pitino and Jim Calhoun visited him last fall before the start of his junior season to check in on him and show their interest.

"I talk to Louisville," Coleman said. "Louisville has been up plenty of times. They've been to some of my games, too. Coach Pitino saw me play three or four times last summer but he hasn't come to see me this season. Richard Pitino and Walter McCarty have been up to see me (play) this season. I talked to Pitino after he saw me play but I didn't get to talk with McCarty. Pitino said he enjoyed watching me play and was talking about getting me down for a visit."

Rated the No. 16 shooting guard in the Class of 2010, Coleman says he's improved his three-point shooting and defense this season. Coleman, who teams with UConn signees Jamal Coombs and Alex Oriakhi, led Tilton with 25 points in a win over New Hampton on Wednesday.

"The season is going well. We're 19-2," Coleman said. "I'm doing really good. I'm averaging like 17 points per game. I've improved my defense and three-point shooting. I'm shooting about 35 percent on three-pointers."

Coleman will start his AAU season with BABC the first week of March.

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