June 26, 2012

Denver scorer looks forward to UW camp

The Wyoming team camp, slated for this week, will feature a number of teams paced by potential Division I basketball players. Denver forward and 2014 recruit, Alex Coleman certainly fits that description. The 6-foot-7, 175-pound forward will be in Laramie with his teammates from John F. Kennedy High School.

Coleman averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per game last year for a Kennedy club he led to the Colorado Great Eight and a 20-7 record. Along the way, Coleman said he posted a 28-point, 12-rebound performance against Longmont.

When asked for a scouting report on himself, he said, "I would say I am a big man that can handle the ball as well as post down low. I can rebound, not afraid to guard a fast guard and enjoys taking the outside shot. The negatives are physically I need to get stronger, but I have gained five pounds since the end of school."

Coleman is waiting on his first scholarship offer, but has been in contact with Wyoming, South Dakota, Denver and Northern Colorado. He has been to Northern Colorado already and this weekend is his first opportunity to see Laramie.

"(UW Coaches) are telling me come check out the campus," Coleman said. "They are telling me they like what they see from me. I am hoping that they are going to continue recruiting me and someday I can play for them. I asked how I fit in and they said I could play a three or a four up there and I would fit well into what they are doing, but they haven't said anything yet about a scholarship."

The future communications major said he is also looking forward to seeing the academic buildings on-campus as well as how the players spend their time training and in class.

He said even if a scholarship comes out of this weekend, he is likely going to take his time before he offers a commitment.

"Me and my head coach were talking about whether I should wait until the season is over or accept it," Coleman said. "I don't think I should accept it until after the basketball season. I think if I took a scholarship there would be a huge target on my back for next year, so I might wait until after the season."

This summer, Coleman is playing AAU basketball for the Colorado Hawks and estimates he is scoring around 18-19 points per game.

"We came in third when we went to Kansas and we won a couple first places in Denver," said Coleman about his successful summer. "Over the summer I think the competition is way better than the high school. You get different kind of players and you get the feel for each players in different areas. You learn other techniques by playing against better people."

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