Coleman's Play Earns Offers

Joe Coleman's strong play at the Peach Jam has landed him multiple authors. Let's look at what each school has to offer.

Earlier this week, Errol Carlstom of Howard Pulley reported that after a very strong Nike Peach Jam, Hopkins swingman, Joe Coleman received offers from Minnesota, Colorado State as well as his most recent offer from Iowa State. With the offers starting to come in for Coleman, let's look at how he fits in on each of these teams.

Firstly, and most important to Gopher fans is the offer Coleman received from the his hometown team. The Gophers seem like a natural fit for the 6-foot-3 wing.

With the Gophers losing Lawrence Westbrook this season and Blake Hoffarber at the end of the upcoming season, they will be in need of someone who can fill the scoring void. Coleman should be able to do just that. He averaged an amazing 21.6 points per game at the Peach Jam for the Howard Pulley Panthers.

Coleman's game is driven by his athleticism and hustle. He has the athletic ability to get the ball in transition and make plays above the rim. This type of exciting play appeared to be missing at times this year when the Gopher offense looked stagnant and struggled to find their shot.

Gopher fans should keep their fingers crossed in the hopes that Joe Coleman will follow in his older brother Dan's footsteps into Williams Arena.

The next offer Coleman received was from the Colorado State Rams. The Rams are trying to make a splash on the Minnesota recruiting scene for the second year in a row. Last year they landed one of the top recruits in the state, 6-foot-10 Chad Calcaterra of Cloquet.

The offer appears to come because of a need of scoring. The Rams ranked seventh last year in the Mountain West with just 66.5 points per game.

Unlike the Gophers, Colorado State has a large stock of promising guards who have the potential to take playing time away from Coleman. 6-2 freshman guard, Dorian Green led the team last year with 11.8 points per game.

With a roster full of young guards and wings, will Colorado State be able to offer the amount of playing that other school?

Coleman's third offer after the Peach Jam came from the Iowa State Cyclones, coached by former Timberwolves shooter, Fred Hoiberg.

The Cyclones have a couple of factors that can be alluring to a prospect. First of which is the opportunity to be coached by someone who has spent his career playing or working in the NBA. With Hoiberg as coach, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn form a great player.

Secondly, the Cyclones have recently got a commitment from former Pulley star and Golden Gopher, Royce White. As most Gopher fans already know, White left the team last season due to off-court issues and he recently decided to continue his basketball career in Iowa.

While Coleman lists his interest in playing for the Gopher as "High" the offer from another big program like Iowa State is sure to make his decision more difficult.

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