Joe Coleman of Hopkins High School gave his commitment to Tubby Smith yesterday, solidifying the first commit of the Gophers' 2011 basketball class. Coleman is the 29th ranked small forward in the country on Scout.com. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Coleman may be more suited to play shooting guard but his game makes up for his lack of ideal height.
Coleman is a hard worker and a guy who will help the Gophers. He is ultra-athletic and can use his athleticism to beat defenders and get to the hoop. His athleticism is also perfect for running up and down the floor in transition where Coleman is a great finisher. Coleman can use his leaping ability to snag rebounds over opposing teams. Coleman's athleticism and quickness help on the defensive end of the floor where he a lockdown defender. Coleman is the athletic, versatile type of player that usually makeup a Tubby Smith team.
Coleman is also a player who can flat out put the ball in the basket. Against top AAU competition this summer in the Nike Peach Jam, Coleman averaged an amazing 21.6 points per contest, good for fourth best in the tournament. Coleman can score a lot of garbage points off of rebounds as well as make his own shot off the dribble. Coleman told Goldensports.net last week that he is also improving his mid-range shooting in order to become a better player at the next level.
Coleman is a huge pickup for Tubby Smith and the Gophers. Keeping the top talent in the state has been a staple of Coach Smith since he started at Minnesota. Coleman will bring a hard-working attitude and athletic prowess which should help out the Gophers in coming seasons.
Goldensports.net will have another interview with Coleman about his commitment up later this week.
Coleman Commits to Gophers
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