April 22, 2010

McCaffery eyes 2011 combo guard

Coach Fran McCaffery has hit the ground running on the recruiting trail and one of his first commitments could be coming from his old stomping grounds of Philadelphia. Nearly two years ago, Coach McCaffery, along with assistant coach Andrew Francis eyed a potentially special talent in Philly in Devin Coleman. In two weeks when Coleman visits, the 2011 prospect may be ready to commit to Iowa.

"If he is comfortable and he likes what he sees, he may commit," said his AAU coach Paul Gripper, who will be bringing him on the trip to Iowa City.

Coleman is a 6-foot-3 and 180 pound shooting guard/combo guard with an array of skills that make him potentially very special at the college level, according to Gripper, who is the founder and president of the Phenom East Basketball program.

"I'll tell you Devin Coleman is the best player that I have ever coached. He is a dominant shooting guard and scoring guard. He scores a lot of points at a very efficient rate. He is just an amazing player, like a Kendall Gill or Andrew Toney type player," he said.

Gripper says that Coleman can do it all on the basketball court. He can play above the rim and attack the basket. He can shoot it from the outside and plays with a very high basketball IQ. And he is a very strong and plays intense defense.

After seeing Coleman while Coach McCaffery and Coach Francis were still at Siena, they extended a scholarship offer almost immediately. That offer was almost immediately extended once again when McCaffery arrived in Iowa City.

"As soon as he took the job he told him he still wants him," Gripper said. "It is all about relationships and they had built that with him already. Now he was coaching at the level that Devin wanted to play at."

Gripper says that the relationships with McCaffery and Francis go back quite a bit. Coleman's mother grew up in Philadelphia and remembers seeing Coach McCaffery play in college. Before heading to Siena, Coach Francis was on the staff at Villanova that recruited Gripper's step-son.

"He really likes both coaches and we have a history with them," Gripper said. "He wants to play in an aggressive high tempo system. Now they are at a level where he wants to play, so he is very interested in Iowa."

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