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With five scholarships open in the 2012 men's basketball recruiting class, Nebraska fans were starting to get anxious on when the first verbal would happen. Tonight, they can breathe a little easier.
As first reported by the Lincoln Journal Star, Marshalltown J.C. power forward/center Keith Coleman has committed to play for Doc Sadler and the university of Nebraska. The Lee Academy (ME) product is in his first year with the Iowa junior college. He was a 3-star prospect by Scout.com in the 2011 recruiting class and was nationally ranked the No. 22 center.
"Yes sir, I committed tonight," said Coleman when reached by Big Red Report tonight. "They have been on me since day one. They have been recruiting me since 9th grade. They really stuck me through the whole process and everything. It was just the perfect fit for me."
Coleman didn't quite make it academically coming out of high school, so will only need one year in the junior college ranks.
"I will have three years of eligibility at Nebraska, after I play this year at MCC," said Coleman. "My game is all about being a post player, going to the rack and dunking. Trying to score everytime I touch the ball in the post and being just an offensive threat down low."
Scout.com National Basketball Analyst Evan Daniels saw Coleman at the National Prep Showcase last November and felt he did a lot to improve his stock.
"If effort is what you're looking for this is your guy. Coleman went up against some talent in the post, including the nation's top player in 2012 Andre Drummond, and he didn't back down from anyone," said Daniels. "A chiseled 6-foot-8 post prospect, Coleman was active on the glass and particularly made a strong effort to reel in offensive rebounds. He's not real skilled on the block, but he has OK touch inside. With the lack of available big men I think upper level mid-majors as well as some high majors will dabble with Coleman."
The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting that Daavid Anwar was responsible for Coleman's recruitment.
Big Red Report will have more with Coleman in the coming days.