Coleman rates national honor

Coleman rates national honor

Lilburn, Ga. — Illinois signee Amarah Coleman was named an honorable mention high school All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The honor for the Homewood-Flossmoor senior guard was announced Wednesday.

The WBCA selected 10 All-Americans and 20 honorable mention All-Americans.

“It’s pretty neat that she was chosen as one of the top 30 kids in the country,” Illini  coach Matt Bollant said.

Coleman is the second of the Illini’s three Class of 2014 signees to receive All-America recognition. In January, center Chatrice White of Shelby, Neb., was named a McDonald’s All-American.

The UI signing class also includes guard Brooke Kissinger of Minden, Neb.

“We’re really excited about all three of our recruits, and to have two of them honored like they have been says a lot about our class,” Bollant said. “We believe they can be difference-makers for us, and it’s great to see the honors they have gotten.”

Coleman is one of three Big Ten signees on the WBCA list. She’s joined by Ohio State recruit Kelsey Mitchell of Cincinnati and Purdue recruit Justine Hall of Centennial, Colo. Mitchell rated All-America honors and Hall was an honorable-mention choice.