After visiting both Michigan State last Friday and Notre Dame Saturday, 2015 La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere four-star shooting guard Jalen Coleman is headed to Ann Arbor next for the Wolverines night game against the Irish at the big house.
“Very exciting man, very exciting,” Coleman’s father told GoBlueWolverine leading up to Saturday’s visit. “Very exciting to see the school, meet the staff, meet the head coach.
“I’ve heard a lot of positive things about him (John Beilein), talked to him on the phone a number of times and just being around really positive, very successful staff and historic school especially basketball and football -- that’s big time.”
Set to arrive to at the William Davidson Player Development Center around 4 p.m. to tailgate with the coaches and current team, Coleman’s father sounded as energized as a regular fan to take in the experience, excited to see how his son reacts to mom and dad, fans of the Wolverines since the ‘fab five’ was playing at Crisler Center.
“For him to be able to know that before he was even born, his mom and his dad being fans of Michigan, just to be able to feel that vibe and for him to see my face and see how we react to such a historic school,” he said. “It’s going to be big time.”
Competing out at the Adidas Nations basketball camp in Los Angeles at the beginning of August, Coleman’s father actually had the chance to meet former ‘fab five’ member and current NBA Analyst for ESPN, Jalen Rose.
Rose, who was in town to speak to the young student-athletes competing throughout the four-day camp, offered strong advice and even personal words of encouragement for Coleman.
“Jalen Rose did speak,” Coleman’s father said. “I got to meet him personally, took a picture with him, Jalen got to meet him.
“That was excellent. He gave us some very good information and the one thing that stood out the most with him is he allowed the players and even the parents to ask him questions after he spoke, just to kind of be more personal with the people there.
“I think it inspired the kids to focus on the challenge it’s going to be once you get to college and the distractions there are going to be and how you’re supposed to stay focused on your academics first and basketball second, and what you’re going to do when basketball is over with.
“He graduated from Michigan and you don’t really hear too much about that. I didn’t even know that. It was just amazing how he’s actually working in the field that he’s got his degree in and he was just saying that you want to stay focused on what you’re doing because nobody can play sports forever.”
Officially transferring from Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral to La Lumiere for his final two seasons of prep, Coleman has kept his focus on balancing academics and basketball, squeezing in some early season basketball visits before his own season gets underway.
Alluding to the idea of an early commitment and potentially a commitment to Michigan on their visit to Ann Arbor this Saturday in a previous interview with GoBlueWolverine out in Los Angeles, Coleman’s father says the approach has changed since that time.
“From the conversations that I’ve really had with him and other people that talk about, especially players that played college basketball, the thing is, is that going on an unofficial visit is one thing but the official visits really give you a good vibe on exactly where you feel comfortable at, how much the school wants you, and the type of environment official visits offer is a lot different.
“I’m not going to say there’s not a chance that he would want to do that (commit), but at the same time I think Jalen, the way he’s been informed about colleges and talking to players, and he’s been doing a lot of research over these past years, asking questions and gaging for a lifetime decision right there, that was the main issue, probably waiting until he takes his official visits his senior year.
“But like I said, it could be before then. I just know, once that decision is over with, the focus can go primarily on this is where I’m going, this is what I need to do to be able to start my freshman year.”
Despite the change in timeline, Michigan’s standing in the Coleman recruitment has not, and according to his father, will not change as time goes on.
“I guarantee you and it’s like I told the coaching staff, they’re in his top three, no doubt,” Coleman’s father said. “Just the staff there, the knowledge he can get from playing at a University like that and what he can offer a University and what they can offer him is just phenomenal and that’s not going to change.”
Coleman’s latest offer came from Tom Izzo and Michigan State earlier this week.
Look for a visit reaction from Coleman himself after his weekend visit.