To explain why Class of 2015 recruit Jalen Coleman is being sought after by programs from coast to coast, one only has to watch him in action.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Indianapolis does a little bit of everything for Indiana Elite on the AAU circuit, and not just traditional guard roles. He can play around the basket, he can rebound and he is a great help side defender.
Couple that with Coleman's smooth shot, phenomenal ball handling and an ability to take control of a huddle and it is easy to see why he is ranked the No. 35 prospect in his class by Rivals.
“I like the (point guard) position probably first, then the (shooting guard position) second,” said Coleman at last weekend's Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam in Fort Wayne. “I am working on running the point a lot more and as a combo guard.”
The versatility that Coleman will bring to a college program will be his biggest asset. He cannot be shoehorned into just one position on the floor, but has the height, length and athletic potential to be a threat anywhere.
That is what makes him so enticing to programs who have already offered a scholarship such as Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Illinois.
“With my height, I can be dominating shooting the ball and on the dribble,” said Coleman, who helped Cathedral to a runner-up finish in Class 4A this past season. “I'm just trying to be more physical now.”
Several schools have taken the opportunity to watch Coleman at morning practice, with Notre Dame, Indiana and Purdue among the most recent attendees. He has liked what he has heard from many of them, including the Hoosiers.
“They come to my practices and tell me what I need to work on,” Coleman said. “As long as I am on the court, I feel like it is very beneficial and makes me harder to guard.”
While Coleman is not close to making a decision on his college future, he has seen the benefits of being a highly sought after player so early in his high school career.
“One benefit of being recruited early is you get to know the coaching staff (of each school),” Coleman said. “You get to see their personality and I get to analyze in terms of how each coach coaches.”
Conversely, coaches are getting plenty of time to see just how much of a talent Coleman is.