Michigan's Guard Development Key For Coleman

2015 La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere four-star shooting guard Jalen Coleman is in the midst of a very strong junior season. After posting 34 points in a win, Coleman discusses his approach daily, his impressions of Michigan, decision timeline, and more.

Things are going well for 2015 La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere four-star shooting guard Jalen Coleman.

Transferring from Indianapolis Cathedral in the off-season, Coleman is away from home and adjusting to his new school and environment in a critical junior year for his development.

“I feel like moving out here was the right thing to do,” Coleman said. “Now that I’m out here I’m much more accustomed to the college environment just being away from your family, handling school work and being responsible so, it’s helping me out overall.”

Like most transitions in life an adjustment period is natural. In the early portion of the season, on the court for La Lumiere, Coleman had to learn his way in a new system and new culture, part of a loaded Lakers team.  

“Early on I wasn’t shooting it as much,” Coleman said. “I feel like I was thinking about the game too much and now I’ve gotten acclimated with the system, with our basketball playbook and defensively it’s created more opportunities on offense for everybody on our team.

“I feel like adjusting to our offensive set has just helped me out in being more confident in shooting.”

Coleman’s confidence is now at an all time high. Off to a hot start in Friday night’s big 82-76 win over Ontario’s Athlete Institute, Coleman knocked down eight three-point attempts to finish with 34 points.

For Coleman, the expansion of his game continues to increase rapidly. Showing enough confidence to break defenders down off the dribble, spot up from deep, even implementing a tough step back move to knock down jumpers with a hand in his face, Coleman had it all on display against ATI.

“I felt like practice and putting in work off the court has been helping out,” Coleman said. “I’ve been shooting a lot. I’ve been doing some other things that are creating room for me to shoot; going to the rack, creating for my teammates driving so it’s just creating more shots for me.

“I feel like overall working on this stuff this season, not being one dimensional has helped.”

Like most athletes, Coleman is inspired by those that have come before him and continue to excel at the highest of levels in the game of basketball. Recently doing some light reading on one of the greatest three point shooters in the history of the NBA, Coleman focuses on effort and consistency in his daily routine.

“Actually recently my assistant coach gave me an article about Ray Allen’s routine and why he’s been playing so long and how he’s been so successful,” Coleman said.

“He talked about it to (Rajon) Rondo and Rondo tried to pick it up by just being consistent, having a regimen set out, a schedule set out so everyday you’ve got something you’re going to do in preparation.”

Recruiting wise, Coleman’s profile, currently rated as the No. 6 shooting guard in the class of 2015, is as high as ever with new interest from Vanderbilt and Auburn.

Two schools that have extended Coleman scholarship offers are bitter rivals Michigan and Michigan State, both of whom recently dropped by to check on him.

“I talked to Coach Beilein, he came recently to talk to me personally,” Coleman said. “They can’t watch me practice but they can come and see us though.

“Coach Beilein and Coach Izzo came in, most recent, and I’ve been seeing a decent amount with that rule and stuff from the Big Ten but I’ve been talking to a few outsider schools from the ACC and things like that.”

For the Wolverines, who have been recruiting Coleman for a couple years now, the evidence of guard development is staggering, specifically sending off Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA, something that stands out for the 6-foot-4, 185-pound scorer.

“It’s great,” Coleman said. “You got experience, you’ve actually got people who know what it takes to get people to the next level if that’s their ambition.

“So, that’s one thing I wrote down as far as being able to progress their players and being able to progress their future which is key.”

With the season in full swing Coleman says visits will most likely have to wait until the spring.

As far as when Coleman wants to narrow his recruiting process down and ultimately come to a decision, he has an idea in mind.

“I feel like I’m in no rush right now,” he said. “I’ve been talking to my family and still been analyzing schools, keeping notes and stuff about what I like and what I’m looking for in a school but besides that I haven’t really made a list.”

“For sure by my senior year. I’d like to do it before. Mentally, I’d like to think about it and contemplate about it overall during the summer rather than later on.”


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