Dwight Coleby plays in front of 30+ coaches

Piney Woods (MS) Country Life School 2013 forward Dwight Coleby, considered my most experts as the top player in the Mississippi class of 2013, played in front of over 30 college coaches Wednesday night at the Elite Youth Invitational in Augusta, GA.

  • Name: Dwight Coleby
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: Piney Woods Country Life School (MS)
  • AAU Team: Jackson Tigers
  • Position: Forward
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-9, 220 pounds
  • Colleges of Interest: Arkansas (offer), Cincinnati, Memphis (offer), Mississippi State (offer), Oklahoma, Ole Miss (offer), Southern Miss (offer), Tenessee, West Virginia

  • Coleby is playing with the Jackson Tigers, an AAU team based out of Jackson, Mississippi, during the Elite Youth Invitational, which is being played in August, Georgia. Over 30 college coaches were in attendance at the game Wednesday night, including head coaches from Mississippi State (Rick Ray) and Ole Miss (Andy Kennedy) as well as assistant coaches from other SEC programs such as Alabama, Missouri and Arkansas.

    Coleby showed very good athleticism and a good offensive move in the post.

    After the game he talked about his attributes on the court.

    "I'm a good rebounder, play hard in the post, have a little jump shot that I used from about 15 feet out and drive to the basket," he said.

    He continues to work on improving the offensive aspect of his game.

    "Offensively, I'm trying to develop an overall game, play inside, drive to the basket and work on my post moves," said the youngster.

    Obviously, college coaches have liked what they have seen from the talented forward.

    "Memphis, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Southern Miss, Cincinnati, Tennessee, West Virginia are recruiting me," said Coleby.

    As of now, he has offers from five schools.

    "Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Southern Miss have offered me," he said.

    He has no favorites at the moment.

    "I like all of them because all are good basketball schools and they all have good coaches," said Coleby. "And most of them run the same type offense that I'm used to, up and down the court, a fast pace game."

    While he's not ready to name favorites, he does know what he is looking for in a college.

    "I'm looking for a school that will make me a better person, help me stay focused on my school work so I'll stay on top of it and a place that will help me play at the top of my game."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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