Hoops Recruiting: OSU To Watch Coley Tonight

Charlie Coley of Dodge City (Kans.) Community College is living up to his preseason billing as a first-team Super Sophomore, as selected by Street & Smith's Magazine. The 6-foot-7 combo forward is nearly averaging a double-double and attracting plenty of attention from major colleges, including OSU which will have a member of its basketball staff at tonight's Dodge City-Butler C.C. game.

Coley is averaging 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for Dodge City, which was ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association top 20 until recently dropping back-to-back games. The Conquistadors are 15-3 overall and 3-2 in the tough Kansas Jayhawk Conference's Western Division entering tonight's game against Butler Community College.

"Charlie has had a very good year for us," Dodge City head coach Brian Hoberecht said Wednesday morning. "He's having an impact on both ends of the floor."

In addition to averaging nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds per game, Coley is shooting 47 percent from the field, 28 percent from three-point range, 55 percent from the free-throw line, has blocked 70 shots (3.9 per game) and has 31 steals (1.7 per contest).

"I think one of the best things about Charlie is that he's an unselfish player and cares about winning first," said Hoberecht, who has four players averaging in double figures and three others scoring seven or more points a game. "He contributes in a lot of different ways in what he does on the floor."

That's why the list of major colleges pursuing his is quite impressive. They include Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Bradley, Missouri, Kansas State, Auburn, Arizona and Louisville, Hoberecht said. The Dodge City coach says that Coley won't make any visits until after the season.

Coley has put up some pretty impressive numbers throughout the first half of the season. The Conquistadors opened Jayhawk Conference play with three consecutive victories earlier this month, and Coley had a big part in those wins by averaging 20.7 points and 12.7 rebounds. His 23-point, 10-rebound, 5-block performance helped lead Dodge City to a 83-76 overtime victory over Barton County, now ranked ninth in the NJCAA poll. It is Barton County's only loss this season. He also was impressive in a 10-point win over Seward County (22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks) and a three-point victory over Colby (17 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks).

"He really played well through that stretch but has struggled a little bit lately," said Hoberecht. Coley has not played well in Dodge City's last two games – losses to Hutchinson and Pratt. He had a season-low two points and four rebounds in the loss to Hutchinson, while finishing with 16 points and five rebounds against Pratt. Hoberecht hopes to see Coley bounce back tonight with Oklahoma State watching him.

Some of Coley's best games came during an 11-day stretch in November. He was dominating in Dodge City's 81-67 victory over Clarendon College on Nov. 13 with 22 points (10-of-17 shooting from the field), 16 rebounds and 8 blocked shots. He scored a season-high 25 points and contributed 11 rebounds and 5 blocks in a five-point win over Frank Phillips College on Nov. 20. Just four days later, in a 67-57 win over Northeastern Colorado, Coley finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks.

"Charlie is a very versatile, complete player," said Hoberecht. "He's a good passer, a good playmaker, he can shoot it and score it, he's good in transition. What he needs to work on is his defense, especially his post defense. He's a very versatile combo four (position player) who can play either the three or the four."

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