Coleman drawing rave reviews
Any basketball fan staying up late the last two weeks to watch the NBA playoffs has seen the exploits of Stephen Curry.
The deft ball-handling.
The running floaters.
The free throw shooting.
The play-making ability.
Jalen Coleman has plenty of room to improve before his game is as complete as the standout guard on the Golden State Warriors.
And Indianapolis Cathedral High School coach Andy Fagan paused a few moments when asked what player his 6-foot-3 guard compares to.
"It's hard to say, here's a guard he really reminds you of, but maybe a guy like Stephen Curry just with his ability to shoot the ball at the rate he shoots it and also play the point," Fagan said. "He just has endless potential, and he's still growing."
Coleman is a player in the Class of 2015 Illinois coach John Groce and his staff are pursuing. Currently, five scholarships are available for that particular class, and quality guard play is never far away on Groce's priority list.
Illinois has an offer out to Coleman, who helped lead Indianapolis Cathedral to a Class 4A state runner-up finish in March.
So does Cincinnati, Clemson, Indiana, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence and Purdue.
"He's starting to pick up some more interest from different teams," Fagan said. "It's incredibly early for him. A lot of kids, when they get a phone call from a coach, they tell their buddies at lunch. I've never heard him say this is who has called him or who has been in touch with him. He's just not caught up in the whole process. His parents have done such a tremendous job of raising him to be humble."
Fagan said he didn't have a timetable for when Coleman wants to make a decision or what schools stand out above the rest.
He said Groce and Illinois assistant coach Jamall Walker have stayed in touch on a regular basis.
"I know he's developed a good relationship with Coach Walker and Coach Groce," Fagan said. "Coach Groce, when he was an assistant at Ohio State, had a lot of success recruiting the state of Indiana and Coach Walker helped land some Indiana kids at Ohio. Those guys have already made inroads in the state."
Aside from his shooting proficiency (Coleman shot 47 percent from three-point range on 132 attempts for the season), Fagan was impressed with his ball handling, especially late in the season.
"He's such a diverse player," Fagan said. "He spent all season for us primarily playing off the ball, but then we lost our two points guards late. In the last game of the regular season and all seven games we played in the postseason, he became our primary ball handler, and he never really skipped a beat. That speaks to the person he is where we were saying, 'Here's the ball, now go play another way.'"