Jalen Coleman recaps experience at LeBron James Skills Academy, talks top six

  • 07/14/2014 8:54 am in

LAS VEGAS — When class of 2015 La Lumiere guard Jalen Coleman heard late in the Nike EYBL season that he was invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy, the Indianapolis native couldn’t hold back his excitement.

Though he was rated as the No. 27 overall prospect in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite, he hadn’t yet experienced this summer playing with and against only the top talent in his class.

“You can test out everything you’ve been working on,” Coleman told Inside the Hall on Saturday. “As far as putting everything into it, this is where all of your working out, practicing and doing all that stuff shows.”

For the 6-foot-3 Coleman, he specifically wanted to use the Cashman Center stage as a proving ground.

With college coaches watching on, he wanted to prove to them — and himself — that he could hold his own as a true combo guard, especially while playing against elite competition.

“I’ve got a lot to show as far as being a point guard and a two,” Coleman said. “I’ve just been trying to show people I can play the one and be efficient, as well.”

And while he was satisfied with the way he played over the course of the camp, which ran from July 9-12, he admitted there were significant challenges that came with it.

Though he has had the luxury of playing with his AAU teammates on All-Ohio Red, Coleman went into Las Vegas with no prior experience playing with many of the other campers. And trying to prove his legitimacy as a point guard, Coleman felt he learned a lot.

“It’s kind of hard getting spacing and stuff with people who’s never been together, but it’s a process,” he said. “It’s something I’m going to have to deal with, even in college or playing at the next level. It’s been a great experience for me.”

Though his recruitment has spanned the course of three years — Indiana offered him in 2011, before he even began high school — Coleman’s college basketball future is quickly arriving.

Two weeks ago, Coleman cut his list of potential schools to six — IU, Illinois, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, UNLV and Michigan — and is focusing on them as his recruitment winds down. Though he hasn’t determined official visit dates yet, he does know that they will play a big factor in his eventual decision.

What else will factor in?

“A great coaching staff, a family-like coaching staff and good academics; I want to major in business,” Coleman said. “The roster, who’s coming in, who’s leaving; things like that.

“Each individual school has something in particular or different. There’s pros and cons to each school.”

So where does that leave Indiana, the school that has been after him for years?

Well, the Hoosiers are right in the mix of it all.

“It has a lot of things I’m looking for — academics, especially the Kelley School of Business, basketball and success in that,” Coleman said. “And of course, basketball is huge there; it’s Indiana.

“And the coaching staff, I’ve been familiar with since eighth grade. They trusted me to offer me in eighth grade and trust my progression, and that shows a lot as far as their trust. I definitely am considering that.”

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • Dean Olson

    If majoring in business is important to him, that’s a big leg up for IU.

  • HoosierHysteria5

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. As soon as I read “business,” my mind went to the Kelley School of Business. I’m excited to read about these recruits. Hopefully, we can land a few good ones!

  • Pat

    This would be true most of the time, but as far as business schools go, Notre Dame and Michigan are equivalent, if not better. Hope we get him though.

  • OhioHoosier

    IU jumped ahead of Michigan this year.

  • OhioHoosier

    IU is ahead of Michigan now.

  • N71

    IU would be excellent, setting aside the fit with existing and incoming teammates (who knows on that front for any school). If you add in the large number of past classmates from Cathedral (+C. Hartman)/Indy kids that would likely be at IU that should, in theory, be an added bonus in our favor. Proximity to home as well.

  • Dean Olson

    Not according to recruiters!

  • IUBizmark

    Is that undergrad or grad? I didn’t know this and I usually keep up with these rankings.

  • 323SGrant

    He’s right about a few things including the fact that basketball is big here. Nothing against MI and ND, but football has the greater interest at those schools.

  • RMK

    I remember his dad said that the main reason he switched schools this year was financial. No idea what his family’s financial situation is, but if like a lot of people, money is tight, being close to home could be a big deal as far as his parents attending games and such.

  • SCHoosier

    Some excellent guards in the mix for the 2015 class. We already have a log jam at that position. With projected limited schollies for that class it might be “first come first serve.” ? Let’s hope the coaches have some tough choices to make with several kids being interested.

  • Arch Puddington

    These are distinctions without a difference. There are a few mega-elite B-schools, including Harvard, Penn, Chicago, Stanford, MIT, and perhaps one or two others. After that, the difference between the next dozen or so programs is pretty negligible. A degree from any of them is a ticket to high level employment.

    I only bother to argue the point because it is of personal interest these days. My oldest son, who will be a senior this year, intends to pursue a combination of business and computer science in college. We have visited IU, Michigan, Notre Dame, UChicago, and MIT, and have had to think hard about the merits of the so-called “elites” vs. the others. Indiana has top 20 programs in both fields he is interested in, and we have long since concluded that if IU is where he ends up, which is likely, his education would qualify him to do anything he wants from working in the business world to becoming an academic.

    The one school that does not fit his (Coleman’s) list is UNLV. With no disrespect intended, UNLV’s business school is listed as “unranked” by US News, which places it outside the top 100. All the other schools he has listed are ranked considerably higher. Of course, none of them are in Las Vegas……

  • OhioHoosier

    Specifically undergrad, I am not sure on the graduate level. We are now 8th in the nation undergrad and 3rd out of all public schools.

  • SCHoosier

    Re: Vegas..I suspect that depends on what kind of business you are looking to get into??:)