Joe Coleman Talks About His Recruitment

Joe Coleman, a 6-foot-3 wing from Hopkins, is one of the top juniors in the state. Coleman came off the bench last year for the 31-0 Royals, who won the Class AAAA state title. Hopkins lost all five starters to graduation and Coleman will be counted on to carry more of the scoring load this season. Coleman attended Tubby's Tip-Off and GoldenSports.Net caught up with him to learn the latest.

Joe Coleman averaged 6.1 points per game off the bench last season and reached double figures three times, including a season-high 15 points against Irondale.

Hopkins, which also won the 2005 and 2006 titles, had a starting lineup dominated by Division I-caliber players and Royce White, who signed with Minnesota, Trent Lockett, who is at Arizona State, Mike Broghammer, who is with Notre Dame and Raymond Cowels, who is signed with Santa Clara. Point guard Marcus Williams signed with North Dakota State and plans to play both football and basketball in college.

Due to the team's depth and senior leadership, Coleman came off the bench. However, he will move into the starting lineup on a team that still has plenty of talent. Senior D.J. Peterson has offers from North Dakota State, Baylor and Wisconsin Green Bay. Junior Marvin Singleton and sophomore point guard Siyani Chambers also return.

Coleman and the younger players got plenty of chances to play together since Hopkins won by an average of over 25 points per game.

Coleman, who is younger brother of former Gopher Dan, attended Tubby's Tip-Off last Friday and talked to GoldenSports.Net about the latest on his recruitment.

"I got an offer from Santa Clara. I am hearing from Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Iowa, Minnesota a little bit and Wichita State a lot."

Coleman hasn't been able to make to many games for reasons that plenty of 16 year-olds can relate to.

"I have not been able to any rides. Hopefully, I'll be able to come to the "U" in the next couple of weeks when they have a game and maybe to Madison."

Coleman and his Hopkins teammates have had plenty of coaches come up to open gyms recently.

"We have had a lot of coaches. Green Bay , Wisconsin, Iowa, Santa Clara and Minnesota have been up to open gyms."

Many observers wonder how Hopkins will fare after their heavy graduation losses. However, Coleman has high expectations for a young, but talented team.

"I feel that if we play like we are suppose to, I don't see why we wouldn't be back in the state tournament like we were last year. So, we are going to play hard and hopefully come back with another championship."

Coleman felt that opponents may not be giving the Royals their due this season.

"People are definitely underestimating us, so we are going to be ready to bring it every game."

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