The Missouri Tigers have garnered a verbal commitment from 2013 F Zach Coleman 6'8" 198 Dallas (TX) Woodrow Wilson. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Coleman, who also plays for the Dallas Mustangs, and he gave us the rundown on his decision.
"It feels really good," replied Coleman, when I asked him how it feels to be a Missouri Tiger.
Coleman began to play organized basketball last fall, after more than a two-year lay-off following knee surgery. Missouri Assistant Head Coach Tim Fuller identified Coleman almost immediately, and the two began to build their relationship.
"I first met Coach Fuller last November," explained Coleman. "Coach Fuller was just really persistent."
Coleman came to Missouri on an unofficial visit earlier this year.
"It was on Martin Luther King Day, and (the Tigers) were playing Texas A&M," said Coleman. "That was the day that I took my visit (to Missouri). It went really well. I liked the campus a lot, and the people that I had a chance to meet. Everyone there was real family-oriented. It was just a real good situation."
"I had told Coach Fuller a while back," explained Coleman. "I had given him my word that I will make the commitment to Missouri, but I was really just waiting for the right time. And considering how crazy my schedule has been, I really didn't feel like dealing too much with the (recruiting) process anymore. So, I figured I know where I want to go, so I talked to him Monday night, and I just went on and verbally committed."
Coleman cited the style of play, and the people at Missouri, as major factors in his decision. He also said that he likes the city of Columbia.
Coleman, who has a 6'10" wing span, said that he expects to sign with the Tigers in November. He's also planning to revisit Missouri right after school's out.
I asked Coleman what's the best part of his game?
"Just my versatility," replied Coleman, without hesitation. " I do a little bit of everything."
He said that he can guard big guys underneath, but that he likes to get out on the perimeter and guard smaller guys.
"I can do both, but I primarily play on the perimeter," explained Coleman.
I asked Coleman to verify the 48% 3-PT FG% that his high school coach had reported?
"Yes sir," replied Coleman. "People were guarding me. This is very true."
A little more investigation revealed that Coleman is capable of scoring a lot more, but often defers to his teammates, and gets underneath the basket to do the dirty work; whatever is going to give his team the best chance to win.
I asked Coleman who is the major influence in his life?
"My parents," replied Coleman, once again without hesitation.
Coleman said that Coach Haith and Coach Fuller have told him that they have high expectations for him at Missouri.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Coleman.