Coleman focused on getting better

FORT WAYNE - Top sophomore guard Jalen Coleman of Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral had another solid performance on the AAU circuit at Spiece last weekend. Coleman explains what areas of his game he wants to improve, what schools are showing the most interest, and how the Irish see him fitting in at Notre Dame.

Extremely mature for his age is sophomore elite combo guard Jalen Coleman of Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral. Last weekend at Spiece Run N Slam, Coleman demonstrated his skills both as a talented point guard and polished two-guard for Indiana Elite.

"I'm playing pretty well," Coleman said. "I think I've had 21 and 18 in my two games today. I'm just excited to be out here competing with the best players."

Coleman has offers from schools like Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Purdue, and he's receiving heavy interest from Butler, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, and Texas.

Notre Dame is one school that's made it known to Coleman that he's a priority.

"[Notre Dame assistant] Coach Solomon is recruiting me hard," Coleman said. "He likes my length at the point guard position and he likes how well I can shoot the ball off the dribble."

"I like Notre Dame because they play similar to my high school," the 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard said. "It's similar because they get up and down the court and play a lot of man. They are a fundamentally sound basketball program."

Coleman says he's in no rush to hurry the recruiting process because he's focused on improving his game.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Coleman said. "I probably won't decide until my senior year. Right now, I want to improve my versatility, strength, and point guard skills."

When Coleman does narrow his list, he's looking for specific criteria.

"I want a coaching staff that is very family-like," he said.

Coleman will visit Michigan and Michigan State June 1 - June 3.

Scout's national recruiting analyst Brian Snow reviewed Coleman's performance this weekend at Speice.

"The biggest weapon on the squad that won the 16 and under title, Coleman was as usual shooting the ball well. He is absolutely money coming off screens and has the long arms and high release that make it so difficult to challenge his shot. Also Coleman was active on defense and showed some ability to use the dribble. Still he is at his best as a stone cold scorer, and that is exactly what he showed on Sunday."

Coleman is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 6 shooting guard in 2015.

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