Joe Coleman Continues to Put Up Big Numbers

Joe Coleman, a 6-foot-3 junior wing from Hopkins who received a scholarship offer from Minnesota in December, is having an outstanding season. Coleman is averaging 24.7 points per game for the #1 ranked Class AAAA Royals, who are 21-2 and will face Wayzata Friday night in a Classic Lake matchup. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Coleman to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Joe Coleman has scored in double figures in every Hopkins game this season with five games of 30 or more points, including 43 points in the Royals' season opener. The Royals have won 14 straight games after dropping back-to-back contests to St. Paul Johnson in the Best Buy Holiday Classic and to Minneapolis North.

Coleman has received scholarship offers from Minnesota and Santa Clara and is hearing from Wichita State, Iowa, Harvard, Columbia, Yale and Wisconsin. Two high-major programs have recently gotten involved.

"Texas A&M recently called and so did Stanford."

There had been talk that Texas A&M had extended a scholarship, but Coleman told GoldenSports.Net that the Aggies haven't yet, but an offer could be coming soon.

Coleman said that he isn't working on anything in particular, but rather focus on his team's play.

"Just trying to win. Just trying to win and get back to state and do what we can do."

Coleman said that he is pleased to his team's play and their ability to bounce back from a rare two-game losing streak.

"We have to make sure that we go out and play our game and don't get rattled by home crowds and play the way we are supposed too."

Coleman has plenty of ties to Minnesota. His older brother Dan played for the Gophers and his uncle, Ben played for Minnesota for two years before transferring to Maryland. Joe was often seen at Williams Arena as a ballboy for the Gophers while growing up.

Coleman attended the Wisconsin and Indiana home games last week. Both contests were won by the Gophers.

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