April 28, 2010

Coleman has a date for Iowa trip

For more than a year Coach Fran McCaffery has been on the trail of combo guard Devin Coleman, who is from the Philadelphia area. McCaffery was recruiting the talented 2011 guard prospect when he was at Siena and that is continuing in his new home of Iowa City.

"Coach McCaffery and Coach Francis started recruiting me about a 1 years ago when they were still at Siena. I got to know them there and I still talk to them and they came to my games. I think we have a good relationship and we communicate well with each other," Coleman said.

Almost immediately that offer from Siena became an offer from the Hawkeyes, who join local schools like Temple, St. Joe's, St. Bonaventure, LaSalle, Drexel, and Delware as offering the 6-foot-3 and 185 pound guard.

On May 13th and 14th, Coleman, along with his AAU coach Paul Gripper, will make their way from Philadelphia to Iowa City for an unofficial visit. It will be the first time that Coleman has been to the state of Iowa and he is looking forward to the trip.

"I have never been to Iowa before," he said. "I have a good relationship with the coaches. That's all I really know about the school so far. I am definitely looking forward to learning more about the program and seeing the campus."

His AAU coach hinted that if the visit went well that a commitment to Iowa could happen on the visit. Is that how Coleman sees things potentially playing out?

"I don't really have a timetable. I will probably wait and talk to my family and my coach about it. If we all think we have found the right place, then I could see it happening."

Coleman says that distance from home is down his list of priorities. However, style of play could be a factor playing in Iowa's favor.

"I like to get up and down the floor. I know Coach McCaffery likes to play that style as well."

Coleman describes his game as that of a combo guard who can get to the rim and shoot the ball from the outside. While his name is starting to get out there on a more national level this spring, he isn't too concerned with the player rankings and where he fits in.

"Every time I get the chance I want to try and get my name out there. I think I am underrated in my class, but it isn't something that I can control when it comes to rankings and stuff like that. I just go out and try to get better and do the best that I can in every game," he said.

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