One of the major targets for N.C. State during the live evaluation period has been four-star point guard Matt Coleman. The Oak Hill floor general played in the Nike EYBL with Boo Williams as head coach Mark Gottfried took in Coleman's play during the weekend.
The 6'2" Coleman is currently regarded as the No. 29 overall prospect in Scout.com's Class of 2017 rankings and the Pack are definitely involved. Coleman told Pack Pride that NC. State remains firmly in the picture along with Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Ohio State, Oregon, Seton Hall, Texas and Virginia.
Coleman hosted NC State assistant coach Orlando Early for a visit earlier this week
"NC State came to the school. They were just breaking it down to me telling me that Dennis [Smith] was going to be a one-and-done so they're going to need that guy to come in next year after him and run the show," Coleman told Pack Pride. "And [Early said], 'you can be the next one-and-done.'"
As a point guard who runs with Boo Williams, Coleman certainly noticed the stellar play of Cat Barber, who also came from Boo Williams a few years back.
"He had the green light and he was one of their only [consistent] guys. I like what he did," Coleman said. "He's about to [turn pro].
"I talk to him all the time. We text each other at least like every other week or something. It's always saying 'hey, how's it going?' He's working out for the draft right now."
NC State has certainly made Coleman a recruiting priority for the Class of 2017, but he's still attempting to sift through all of the schools recruiting him.
"[I'm] wide open. I haven't really had time to take any unofficials just because of my season and the AAU season right behind it," Coleman said. "But I'm looking forward to seeing how all of my [EYBL] sessions go and see if any newcomers [join my recruitment] and see about those who were there from the start. I know most of our seniors at Oak Hill made time before the season in either August or September. So I want to look to make my decision around there so I can look forward to my senior year."
For Coleman, he's looking for a situation where he has talent around him on the floor and a strong academic environment away from basketball.
"[I want to see] who the players are around me to make my job easier and make their life easier," Coleman said. "Another focus is preparation for the next level -- are guys getting better each year? And then academics as well. I want to be ready to be a pro off the court as well.
Over the first two sessions of play in the Nike EYBL, Coleman has played seven games and is averaging 13.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the field.