Before he ever played a game on the high school level, 6’0” point guard Matt Coleman received scholarship offers from the University of Virginia and Old Dominion. If there was any added pressure to being a major college recruit, it didn’t show, as Coleman averaged 14 points and four assists while leading Maury (Norfolk, VA) to a 25-3 overall record as a freshman this past season.
“We had six seniors, so in the beginning of the year I was playing my role as a freshman. I played point guard, but I just played my role in facilitating. Then, later in the season, I learned I had to be a big asset for us to score the ball and play defense and get my teammates involved,” said Coleman, a 2013/2014 VHSCA 5A first-team all-state selection. “It was a challenge, but I stepped up to the challenge even though we lost in the state semifinals to Potomac.”
Following a standout season at Maury, Coleman is now on the AAU circuit and playing for the Boo Williams 17-and-under team.
“Each game I feel like I’ve gotten better,” Coleman said of his play this AAU season. “I just like the experience and playing with big names. Playing against them and doing good, you get your name out there. I’m also learning how to take the bumps so I can be ready to go against the older guys every day.”
Cincinnati, VCU and Virginia Tech have now extended scholarship offers as well. With three years of high school remaining, certainly the chances are good that Coleman’s offer list will continue to grow… and probably grow significantly.
“It’s still a blessing to me. It’s unbelievable. It still hasn’t hit me yet that this is my future in life. I just stay humble and hungry, you know, keep working because it could all be taken away from you one day,” Coleman said of...
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