Coleman talks IU, looks ahead to high school season

As one of the top guards in the class of 2015, Indianapolis Cathedral guard Jalen Coleman already has a trio of high major offers and significant interest from around the country.

The 6-foot-2 guard, who is playing AAU this spring for Spiece Indy Heat-Lands, is well aware of his suitors, but is content to take his time with the recruiting process.

“I look at that (recruiting) after I get done training or after I get done with a game,” Coleman said. “My dad keeps up with that stuff mostly, I’m just trying to get better and just improve day-by-day.”

Coleman, who received an offer from Indiana before playing a high school game, also holds offers from Notre Dame and Purdue and interest from Butler, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Texas.

While he’s unlikely to make a decision before his junior or senior season, Coleman has used unofficial visits to learn more about several of the schools on his list, including IU.

“I’ve been there quite a bit. When school ball starts, I’m supposed to go down there watch a couple of games, visit the school more often,” he said. “I like the coaching staff a lot. On my visits there, I love the campus, but I love the atmosphere most of all. It shows that they like me a lot by offering me. I’m very thankful for that. ”

Coleman said his goals this spring and summer include adding weight and making himself a better play maker.

Improvement in those key areas should help him take on an even bigger role as a sophomore at Cathedral. The Irish are expected to be one of the state’s top teams in Class 4A next winter.

“We’ve got a lot on our shoulders,” Coleman said. “We’ve been working out ever since our season ended when we played Roncalli (in sectional). It’s getting better. We’ll find our way as a team to get wins.”

  • Josh

    Alex, you have “unlikely to make a decision before his junior or SEASON SEASON”. We all know you mean SENIOR SEASON, but I just wanted to give you a heads up.

  • chumhoosier

    I think you meant senior season. Not season season. But I would love to have this kid commit. Watched him play Lawrence Central last season, was very impressed.

  • chumhoosier

    I think you meant senior season. Not season season. But I would love to have this kid commit. Watched him play Lawrence Central last season, was very impressed.

  • SCHoosier

    Have to like this kid’s size and poise for his age..showed a good floor game on the tapes. Obviously needs physical development..With his ties to Indy..and IU…he should be a doable signee if Crean really wants Coleman..and with such an early offer…its obvious that he does. If J. Lyles passes on IU..I believe Coleman will make up for it the next year.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Thanks.

  • Mr_Howard8h

    I want Marcus Lovett and either Coleman or Edwards for 2015. We’re recruiting some really elite guards for that class.

  • MillaRed

    So glad we are locking down the city of Indianapolis. Was too frustrating to lose all of that talent. What is in the water over there?

  • N71

    I’ve seen him play in 4 or 5 games with his Cathedral team and he’s a very interesting player. He’s not a Hanner or Yogi highlight producer but just as effective. He’s taller versus Yogi and I’m assuming he’ll fill out and become more explosive but as I watched him this past year the word that comes to mind is smart. Not Keith, intelligent smart. He’s always at the right place at the right time which has to be IQ and anticipation type stuff. He knows exactly when to jump a passing lane, knows which direction the rebound is headed, can tell which teammate is just about to get open…it’s kind of weird to watch and a real advantage. An uncanny awareness of what’s going on around him and what’s about to happen. He can shoot but is selective, he can run, defend, etc. It’s his unique ability to anticipate things and put himself in spots on the floor to disrupt that are fun to watch. Very clever player. I’m not sure if he will be asked to score a ton yet as Cathedral is somewhat stacked with talent so he really doesn’t need to yet. By the time he’s a senior though it should be sick to see him toy with other teams.

  • N71

    I’ve seen him play in 4 or 5 games with his Cathedral team and he’s a very interesting player. He’s not a Hanner or Yogi highlight producer but just as effective. He’s taller versus Yogi and I’m assuming he’ll fill out and become more explosive but as I watched him this past year the word that comes to mind is smart. Not Keith, intelligent smart. He’s always at the right place at the right time which has to be IQ and anticipation type stuff. He knows exactly when to jump a passing lane, knows which direction the rebound is headed, can tell which teammate is just about to get open…it’s kind of weird to watch and a real advantage. An uncanny awareness of what’s going on around him and what’s about to happen. He can shoot but is selective, he can run, defend, etc. It’s his unique ability to anticipate things and put himself in spots on the floor to disrupt that are fun to watch. Very clever player. I’m not sure if he will be asked to score a ton yet as Cathedral is somewhat stacked with talent so he really doesn’t need to yet. By the time he’s a senior though it should be sick to see him toy with other teams.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Although Keith is also intelligent, I’m sure.

  • WisconHoosier

    Actually, Alex was correct. “Season season” is slang for the big finale, used by elite players. Like “feathery.” So, after the junior season, the kids say to each other, Well, next year is the Season Season, double-S time, floor the 400, bring it to the house and don’t spare the bacon.

    It’s hard to keep up with this stuff, and Alex does a great job.

  • WisconHoosier

    Actually, Alex was correct. “Season season” is slang for the big finale, used by elite players. Like “feathery.” So, after the junior season, the kids say to each other, Well, next year is the Season Season, double-S time, floor the 400, bring it to the house and don’t spare the bacon.

    It’s hard to keep up with this stuff, and Alex does a great job.

  • Kevin

    I can’t stand Cathedral, but this kid’s a stud.

  • stroot

    We already have Lyles. Working on Lyle. It’d be pretty sweet having all of the Lylesseseses in the same recruiting class though.

  • 888

    I work around Indy everyday and the suburb schools exploded in the 90s. All that talent just keeps developing more and more. Like a snowball. HSE used to be a 2A school and now its split into 2 5A schools.

  • CB

    Coleman and Hyron Edwards would be great together. Just a scary backcourt combo there.

  • CB

    Coleman and Hyron Edwards would be great together. Just a scary backcourt combo there.

  • Hoosierwilly

    Have we recrited Marcus Lovett

  • N71

    What is wrong with Cathedral, I’m not saying I agree or disagree with you, just curious what has turned you off.

  • Dapresa

    My name is milt Coleman, and jalen is my nephew, u folks are watching one of the best guards Indiana has seen in decades, enjoy the ride.

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