One of the most impressive scoring guards GBW had the opportunity to see throughout the spring and summer AAU evaluation periods is 2015 Cathedral (IN) High School shooting guard Jalen Coleman.
The Michigan Wolverines also made it a priority to attend some of the young man's games with Spiece Indy Heat. With mutual interest between the two, Coleman, along with his high school coach Andy Fagan, made the five hour trek from Indianapolis to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit Monday afternoon.
"Obviously the first thing about Michigan is going to be academics and that was their first part of the visit," Coach Fagan told GoBlueWolverine. "Then from there we got to see some of their facilities, the new player development center and that was pretty special obviously. The facilities, the way they were done, everything is just first class and it certainly did not appear that they cut any corners with what they built there."
Part of the reason universities appear to be in an arms race with the rapid renovations and construction of new facilities is to provide the best of the best from a training and technology standpoint. Coleman took notice of the brand new amenities surrounding him as well as Michigan's longstanding reputation for off the court success.
"He was obviously impressed with the facilities and then the other part would be the academics no question," said Coach Fagan of Jalen's impressions. "Michigan's reputation academically stands out so I would say those were the things that really stood out for him."
On the court, Coach Fagan understands the ins and outs of Coleman's game and can envision exactly how his star guard will fit in if the Wolverines are able to snatch him from the state of Indiana.
"Michigan's scheme values players that have the ability to knock down shots and I think Jalen does," said Coach Fagan. "He shot 42% for us as a freshman and that's pretty impressive, especially against the competition he played.
"More than that he's a multi-dimensional player and does a very good job of making plays on the drive and finishing over bigger players," he continued. "Michigan sees him as a guy that can play both guard spots and they like his versatility from that standpoint. I think the way he plays, the way he can score and that he's an unselfish player fits what they're looking for."
The Michigan coaching staff as a whole is clearly scouring the Hoosier state looking to add more basketball talent. Assistants Jeff Meyer and lavall jordan have known Coach Fagan for several years already and the two well connected assistants, as well as the rest of the Wolverine's staff, worked to get to know Coleman better too.
"I think Jalen liked them and he was definitely impressed with the staff and I think Coach Beilein did a magnificent job of breaking everything down and they're just very good people," said Coach Fagan.
"I think he likes the future for this program and was impressed with the staff," he continued. "Its just so important to build and develop quality a relationship and obviously those guys have a very good ability to do that based on the guys Coach Beilein has brought in. They did a tremendous job with that."
Looking towards the future, the Wolverines won't begin handing out scholarship offers to the class of 2015 until June 15th of 2013 but the coaches were up front and honest about just how fond they are of Coleman.
"They explained the process and everything and talked about wanting him there and were very clear about what their thoughts are regarding scholarships," said Coach Fagan.
For highlights of Coleman from the July evaluation period, including his time playing up with 2014 SF Trevon Bluiett, click play below.