Q & A: Elite 2017 point guard Matt Coleman talks Indiana

  • 04/27/2016 9:46 am in

Class of 2017 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and Boo Williams point guard Matt Coleman is one of the best in the country at his position.

Ranked the No. 32 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, Coleman continues to add offers and interest. Through seven games on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit this spring, Coleman is averaging 13.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He’s shooting 52.9 percent from the field.

Inside the Hall sat down with Coleman on Saturday morning during the second EYBL session in Westfield for an update on his recruitment and much more. Our full Q & A is available below:

How much have you been hearing from Indiana recently? Have they kept up with you recruiting wise?

“Yes, they have. As a matter of fact, I got a text before we came out here from coach (Tim) Buckley saying ‘I’m looking forward to seeing you play and I want you to know we’re still interested in you and love your game and want you to come in and run the show.'”

Which schools, as you go into your senior year, are making you a priority?

“On a daily basis, who I hear from are Arizona, Texas, Virginia, Ohio State, Florida, Indiana, Seton Hall and N.C. State. Those I hear from on a daily basis. Every day I get a text.”

What stood out to you watching Indiana play this past season and the year that they had?

“They had a really good season. Started out 7-0 in conference play. They ended up winning the conference championship. Made a good run in the (NCAA) tournament. Yogi (Ferrell) ran the show, got others involved and he was able to get the job done with putting the ball in the basket. He was their guy and he had help with Troy Williams, (James) Blackmon and those guys. Plus the freshman, Thomas Bryant. They had a really good year.”

In terms of your game, where do you feel like you’ve made the most progress recently?

“Being more aggressive and being able to take a bump. I’ve been getting a little bit stronger and I’m shooting the ball with more confidence knowing that when I shoot, it’s going to go in.”

What’s going to be your process for narrowing down a list?

“Let the summer play out. Let my four (EYBL) sessions go by. And then cut my list right after Peach Jam (in July). I know most of our seniors at Oak Hill, they made their college decisions right before the season started in October or November. So I look forward to taking my visits during that time and commit before the season starts so I can focus on my senior year.”

Do you want to take all of your official visits?

“Yeah, I do.”

Is Indiana a school you’d like to visit?

“I do want to visit. I haven’t been there and haven’t seen the campus, but I hear great things. They say it’s a college town. So everything is based on and surrounded by the university.”

(Photo credit: Jon Lopez/Nike)

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  • Fivelefts

    I like his speed and quickness attacking the lane! Looks like a kid with a very high upside! However, I don’t know if he was guarding that kid with the fro..?

  • inLinE6

    Looks like we would get a player from there almost every year now.

  • BL

    Really like his game. There is no guarding in these games. No wonder Coach struggles getting the young guys to play D. OG/JM are definitely exceptions.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    That’d be fine with me. Oak Hill and Boo Williams have A LOT of talent every year. Most of the them are really strong athletes too.

  • Kyl470

    Nothing wrong with setting up a Boo Williams or Oak Hill pipeline.

  • Wow! His defense was atrocious

  • SCHoosier

    Too darn many great players out there given our likely scholarship numbers): This kid really has a quick first step and a soft touch .

  • TomJameson

    It’s overall a very talented class for sure, but I really like the idea that IU is getting fairly even recruiting class sizes, with a good mix of talent at all positions, even if it means we can’t get ALL of the best recruits. lol Of course it’s hard to keep recruiting really even and steady because of early NBA entries, untimely transfers, and unfortunate dismissals, etc. “The Movement” class really screwed up the timetable, but Crean seems to be finally getting back to that point.

    Losing too much in a year can really mess a team up (as you all know) without having a good core of upperclassmen to keep things on an even keel. A bunch of freshmen coming in to run the show, no matter how talented, just seem to fall short in the leadership column. I think this year IU may be losing a lot, but they will get some really good recruits coming in AND they have a very good core of players coming back.

    This could be the start of the consistency I’ve been looking for the past 3-4 years. Consistency in recruiting levels AND performance. Please God, let it be so! 🙂

  • JB07

    I saw Oak Hill (Coleman’s team)play La Lumiere (Campbell and Brian Bowen) in NYC for the Dicks High School National Championship earlier this month. Tyger Campbell (Class of 2019) wasn’t just the best PG that day, he was the best player on the floor as a freshman.

  • Sghoosier

    “Yogi (Ferrell) ran the show, got others involved and he was able to get the job done with putting the ball in the basket. He was their guy and he had help with Troy Williams, (James) Blackmon and those guys. Plus the freshman, Thomas Bryant. They had a really good year.”

    Blackmon ? He watched the same games I did? I may not much about basketball but remember a certain James Blackmon being injured for the most part of the season.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    That is saying a lot . He must be really good. Love to see him at IU. Boo Williams/Oak Hill should have a great relationship with Tom Crean.

  • Freemason

    Archer you give him way too much credit. I would to see more of the #3 kid that was taking him to school. Idk if that kid could guard a piano!

  • Oldguyy

    Apparently unlike you, he watched games in the first third of the season in addition to later games.