Coleman Weighing Options

When you are as talented as 6'3 guard Gerard Coleman, you have a lot of options for playing college basketball. But that decision is just one thing on his mind as the 2010 prospect has to juggle school at Tilton Academy, compete in the challenging NEPSAC league, and be a leader on his BABC AAU team for much of the spring and summer.

Coleman is beyond his years when it comes to breaking down a defense and finishing at the basket, even in traffic. He is quick, explosive, and has great body control in the air. He still needs to work on his perimeter shot and get stronger, but his tremendous upside is obvious to anyone who watches him play.

Coleman's BABC team needs all of his talent though, as they lost a lot of experience from last year's team, and that showed itself the first day of Boston Shootout. The BABC under 17 team got down early to team MBR, and couldn't come back all the way despite good performances from both Coleman and his teammate Ron Gilplaye. In their second game versus Team United, Coleman lead his team from the outset and this time his team didn't start flat. The game got close down the stretch, but BABC never trailed in the second half and won. spoke with Gerard Coleman at the Boston Shootout and caught up on his basketball plans for the summer. "Besides playing in this tournament, we plan to be at the Showcase this summer and the Nationals", said Coleman. "I'm going to be working out every day, working on getting my outside shot consistent, and working on my handle. I'm playing a lot right now to stay in shape so that I'm ready for next season."

As for his BABC team this summer, things are lot different for Coleman this year than they were last year. "Well we are younger, and we are more guard oriented. This year, this team has to do every little thing to scrap out wins. Last year, we were definitely more talented and more experienced. I think this year, this team has also been a little too laid back. Last year's team could come back if we were down, but this team can't afford getting down, and has to come out and take it to the competition from the beginning because if we get down big early, we just can't expect to come back and win. In our first game today, we came out flat and it cost us. Hats off the MBR for knocking us off though, they played a good game."

Gerard Coleman has more than the BABC to think about this summer though, as he still has to select the college program that he will play basketball for. "I'm looking forward to playing two guard at the college level." There are plenty of options for that, and Coleman has narrowed his choices down to a short list. "I'm considering Clemson, Providence, Seton Hall, Miami, and UConn. I'm probably going to visit Clemson next week, and I've already visited Providence."

With regard to a timetable for a decision, Coleman thinks he probably would like to commit to a program before he starts his final year at Tilton, but when exactly that decision will come is still not clear. "I'm not too sure yet on when I will decide, but after I visit Clemson, I'll be able to sit down and probably have a better feel of where I want to go looking at my options."

No matter where he chooses to play college basketball, Gerard Coleman will no doubt have a very successful career at the collegiate level.

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