Purdue pushing for Coleman

Purdue continues to make a move for four-star guard Jalen Coleman, with associate head coach Jack Owens leading a strong recruitment. Boiler Sports Report spoke with the La Lumiere product while he played at the Adidas Invitational.

INDIANAPOLIS -- As a four-star prospect, Jalen Coleman will hear all kinds of recruiting pitches from scores of schools. Purdue has found a comfortable approach with the in-state standout.

Coach Jack Owens, Coleman's lead recruiter, speaks with Jalen's father on a regular basis. The conversations are relayed to the shooting guard and help the two get a grasp for what Purdue has to offer.

"I love the fact that they're a good academic school," Coleman said of Purdue. "It's not just basketball right now, it's thinking after basketball. I want to go to a good academic school and a good basketball school."

Coleman holds offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Xavier. He has also received interest from Butler, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State and Texas.

Where Purdue holds an edge over many of Coleman's suitors is its short distance from his hometown of Indianapolis, which he sees as a definite benefit.

Above all, though, is how Purdue offers a strong academic reputation in addition to Big Ten basketball.

"I want a school where I'm going to be the best person I can be—on the court and off the court," Coleman said.

However, at this time, Coleman isn't concentrating on his recruitment. He has been preparing for a transition to La Lumiere Academy in La Porte, Indiana. The move to a new school will bring tougher competition and more exposure for his game.

"I've just been focusing on my game, what I need to work on, and things like that, so I can prepare for this next level," Coleman said.

As Coleman gets settled in at La Lumiere, he'll begin to sort through his recruitment. There are many options in play and he's waiting to find what feels right.

"More questions pop up, and I think about college more," he said. "I'll still be analyzing different things about different colleges and what they have to offer for me and my family."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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