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."
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."