2017 guard Matt Coleman talks Oak Hill move, IU offer

  • 07/24/2015 9:28 am in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Yogi Ferrell’s four-year reign as Indiana’s point guard will end at the conclusion of this season and the Hoosier coaching staff is making that position a priority in upcoming recruiting classes.

One name that has surfaced this summer is class of 2017 Oak Hill Academy’s (Va.) Matt Coleman, who is rated as the No. 28 player nationally in the 247Composite.

The 6-foot-1 Coleman previously starred at Maury High School, but opted to transfer to Oak Hill for his final two prep seasons. Before he made the move, he said he consulted with current IU forward Troy Williams, who transferred to Oak Hill from Phoebus in 2012.

“It’s just about playing every day in practice with the competitive, high level guys,” Coleman said on Thursday at the AAU Super Showcase, where he’s playing for Boo Williams. “Just playing that national schedule. I talked to Troy. He was like, ‘you might not like it at first, but during the season it’s very fun. Something to get used to, it’s a learning and growing experience.'”

Indiana has been active in watching Coleman’s games this month as the staff tracked him last week at the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago and has trailed him again this week at the Super Showcase.

The IU offer for Coleman came on Monday, July 13, the day after the close of the first July evaluation period.

“That’s a big offer, they’re a big time school,” Coleman told Inside the Hall. “Big time, high major, great coach with Tom Crean and a very up-tempo team that plays with high intensity. That’s how I like to play.”

Not long after the offer, Coleman shared an edited photo he received from the coaching staff of him in an IU uniform.

“It was kind of funny because when they sent it to me, it caught me off guard and I was like ‘who’s body is this?’ Then I found out it was Rob’s (Johnson) body,” he said with a smile. “I look big. I’ve never looked that big in my life. It was nice and I had to post it because it made me laugh.”

Coleman, who has offers from Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech and several others, is planning to take an unofficial visit to Bloomington this fall.

“I just to see how the environment,” Coleman said. “Because in the future that might be one of my top five schools.”

(Photo credit: Jon Lopez/Nike)

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  • johnnyg

    Wow! Would love to get this guy!

  • TomJameson

    Keep in mind I’m not a shot-analysis kind of guy, don’t care if it’s flat or arching, and I don’t readily see a low release. So a highlight reel of shots made doesn’t mean a lot to me because … it’s a highlight reel. LOL

    But I do notice the hustle, the defensive effort, the skills. Those type of things (IMO) do come through. That said, this kid is 6’1″ and dunks with ease. He also plays defense!! Seems to be a good passer, and is fast and explosive. He finishes well through contact and just seems to see the floor really well. Highlight reel … highlight reel…

    I did notice that at the end of the clip he was on the sidelines encouraging his team by clapping!!!! I can see the jokes now. LOL

  • Ole Man

    I like lefty shooters.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    a blast from the past but kind of reminds me of Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Kid definitely has hops. Help us out here Troy!

  • hoosier93

    A PG that can dunk. That’s nice to see. And a lefty. Indiana doesn’t get those often. Stan Robinson, Tom Pritchard, Jamarcus Ellis, Marco Killingsworth, Calbert Cheaney. Kid talks a bit too. Indiana needs more kids like that though. Gotta see some fire on the court. It’s boring to watch a bunch of “Cool Joe’s.”

  • hoosier93

    If you clap in your highlight reel you get a scholly offer.

  • SilentBob

    It always look better when a lefty does it. It’s a fact of life lol

  • Hoosier Hall

    Hmmm… I hope we land an elite PG for the 2016 class. Maybe this kid can reclassify.

  • BigAl24

    Like this guy a lot. I’ve seen him go 10-10 from beyond the arc in a HS game. First five were all in the first half and he hurt his left hand driving to the basket before halftime. Shot his last five right handed. Smooth as silk. No wonder he’s go Zeisloft’s number on the ol instagram pic. Classic Coleman.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    W O W!!!!!! Can we just offer the whole Oak Hill Academy roster? The guys that come from that school just seem so ridiculously athletic. Coleman just became my favorite 2017 recruit. His defense alone makes him a need.

  • LawguyNA

    Gonna be some available minutes in the next few seasons. He would be a GREAT land for the program.

  • hoosier93

    247 has us as the pick right now. Obviously incredibly early. Same goes for Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs.

  • SCHoosier

    And h ere I thought you could probably do your “shooters” with either hand.:) depending how fast you wanted a buzz!!LOL

  • marcusgresham

    Maury High School. Are they the “Notthefathers”?

  • SCHoosier

    Watched the tape again..this kid does everything at Warp speed. Great fit for the offense..and will probably knock somebody’s head off with a pass if they are not careful!

  • Ole Man

    ROFL! I am ambidextrous.

  • kris

    Ha. Yes, offer the whole school. Oak Hill, Boo Williams and the East Coast, big part of the Crean pipeline.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m 27 and don’t consider myself old but I know I am also not particularly “hip”…maybe someone can help me out here. What does “Sonning ’em on the big stage” and “Glo’d Up” mean?