This past season was a resurgent one for the Southside High School girls basketball team. Head coach Lamont Wakefield did a good job of turning the Tigers' fortune around and he has a couple of D1 prospects who are already starting to hear from schools throughout the southeast. All-state selection Amber Coleman is the anchor down on the block for Wakefield's team and the class of 2009 prospect has a list of schools showing stronger early interest.
Coleman is 6'1 176 pounds. This past season she averaged 15 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game for the Tigers. She shoots it at a high rate as well with a 60% field goal percentage last season. Coleman has long arms and runs the floor well for a post player. She's got a nice assortment of moves down on the block. Amber has good balance and displays a high basketball IQ.
Those smarts on the basketball court can be due in part to a number of things. She's a big-time performer in the classroom as well with a 3.7 GPA, takes AP courses, and is a member of the National Honor Society. It also doesn't hurt that she has a brother who stands 7'1 and played college ball and a sister who played collegiately at George Mason.
Coleman and the other 2009 D1 prospect on the team G Keema Blakely have taken some unofficial visits in the past few months. Mercer, Francis Marion, and USC Upstate have all seen the duo on their respective campuses. Mercer has offered them both as well. Still more schools have started to show them high interest in recent months as well. Coleman is hearing a great deal from Western Carolina, Campbell, Tennessee State, Radford, Charleston Southern, Southern Wesleyan, USC Upstate, Francis Marion, and Pikeville College. Some of those programs will be next up for visits and should she continue her impressive workouts more offers could be soon to follow.
There are a few factors that will play a significant role for Amber in making her collegiate decision and he shared those with us. "I would say playing time and academic reputation are big factors for me. Engineering is what I plan on majoring in so a school offering that are ones I'd look at closely. I would like for it to be within driving distance from home if possible too."
With Mercer having offered it would appear that they are the frontrunners for Coleman's services at this point in her recruitment. Coleman will undoubtedly continue to hear from more schools along with the ones mentioned above.
Coleman has visited Mercer, USC Upstate, and Francis Marion already and shared what she liked about each program. "With Mercer the coaches are very nice and friendly. They have my major also. The classrooms are not too big either which is good to get individual help from the professors. It's not too big so you don't necessarily need a car since it's all in walking distance. They have two cafeterias. It's close to a big city so you can go out and do things like shop and have fun too."
"We really didn't get to have too much of a tour at Francis Marion. What I did see was the gym. It looks like it seats a good amount of people though. The coaches and players are very nice and I related to them very well. It's not too big but it's not too small. Like Mercer everything is within walking distance. We got a chance to see the housing there too."
Finally she talked about her visit to nearby USC Upstate. "They are getting a new gym. That's a big plus for them. They don't have my major and that was a downside. It's not too big of a campus. I don't necessarily want to go to a huge school but it's not small either. Everything is within walking distance on campus too."
2009 F/C Amber Coleman
Southside High School
For now Coleman says she's taking things in stride and continues to work on improving her game on the court and classroom. She has also set forth some goals for next season. "As far as team goals I obviously want us to go to state. We have the people we need now to do that I feel. We have a really strong team and I like our chances. After I leave I want somebody to step up and lead the team to a championship in the years afterwards. I am planning on working hard to try and be named all-region, all-state, first team all-county, and to the McDonald's All American team as well."
Coleman also has her sights set on a personal mark as well. "Last year I'd have to say the Crescent game would have to be my best. I scored like 26 points and had 12 rebounds but the only problem was that I fould out in that game. I could've done better because during my sophomore year I scored 34 in a game at the Christmas tournament. I want to break that record next season too."
SCPrepNation.com will have the very latest on Amber Coleman as she along with Keema Blakely will try to guide Southside towards a AA girls state championship next season. Should more offers start to roll in for Coleman rest assured SCPrepNation.com will have the news for you as we are your #1 source for Southc Carolina high school football and basketball recruiting news.
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