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New Verbal Commit: Jamir Coleman

Man, Donyell Marshall loves his long wings.

Jamir Coleman, a JUCO forward from San Antonio, committed to CCSU on Sunday evening, according to his Twitter page. Coleman, who is listed at 6’6”, is an athletic “big wing” who has shown an ability to shoot it from deep, as well as put it on the floor and create his own shot.

Coleman played this past season at South Plains College, which won the NJCAA National Championship last week. He got limited playing time for the Texans, averaging 8.3 mpg across 30 games (3 starts). He did score 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting (1 for 1 from three) in just 15 minutes in the team’s semifinal win, and chipped in 4 points (in 20 minutes) in the title game.

While the lack of playing time is concerning on the surface, context is important; this squad was good. Just about every player on the roster is likely to play Division 1 basketball, including Deshawn Corprew (signed with Texas Tech) and Isaiah Maurice (committed to New Mexico), as well as two players who transferred from major programs (San Diego St. and South Carolina).

With the Coleman signing, the recruiting class is now four deep (Mike Underwood and Carrington Wallace signed, while Will Ellis has verbally committed). Add them to the 10 scholarship players expected to return, and that’s 14 players on scholarship. Yes, the maximum in Division 1 is 13. Yes, something’s got to give.

Without knowing which player is transferring, it’s impossible to know what this means for the 2018-19 Blue Devils. I will resist the temptation to speculate.

Anyway, where does Coleman project to fit in on next year’s roster? He could probably see time off the bench as a “big 3” (with Kohl at the ‘4’) or a stretch 4 (essentially Joe Hugley’s backup). Coleman’s shooting numbers were decent but not great; 46.5% from the field, 32.3% from three and 63% from the foul line. However, his highlight reel does show some versatility and ability to score. He could be a guy who is instant offense off the bench, and someone that can take some of the scoring load off of Kohl’s shoulders.

Marshall has now piled up quite the collection of “long wings”; 6’5” Tyler Kohl, 6’6” Kashaun Hicks, 6’5” Chris Williams, and 6’6” Michael Underwood, in addition to 6’7” Joe Hugley, who is the team’s best returning perimeter shooter, and 6’7” Carrington Wallace, who is likely more of a big than a wing.

Here’s the rub though; there is no other team in the Northeast Conference is utilizes this kind of length on the wing. In fact, last year most teams had three, if not four, guys on the floor who were 6’4” or shorter. It looks like Marshall is committed to utilizing bigger lineups, which can present matchup problems, but can also struggle to contain dribble penetration.

I’m sure there’s more to come, as we’ll all be eagerly awaiting the news of which player (or players) are leaving the program.

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