Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ALEX KLINE
For months, Devin Coleman has been trying to find the right school for himself.
As his senior season and career at Friends Central outside Philadelphia ended last week with a third consecutive Pennsylvania Independent Schools State championship,, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard decided it was time to focus on his recruitment.
Before his season wrapped up, first-year Clemson head coach Brad Brownell decided to offer Coleman a scholarship. This weekend, Coleman made the trip down to South Carolina for an official visit and came out a Tiger.
“Yessir,” Coleman said by text.
Coleman also had interest from St. Joe’s, Siena, Penn State, La Salle and Rhode Island. He dropped 30 points and 12 rebounds on Quality Education (N.C). in the Big Apple Invitational at Baruch College in January.
“I am pleased to announce that Devin Coleman has committed to Clemson University,” added Coleman’s AAU coach, Paul Gripper. “He is extremely loyal and has been my favorite player to coach over the years.
“He liked Clemson from the time he learned of their interest. When they offered he was ready but wanted to visit and do it right. It felt right for him, his mom and dad and uncle.”
Gripper, who also sent Jabril Trawick to Georgetown this year, had a good hunch that Clemson would land the guard this weekend. On Friday morning he stated, “Devin just arrived to South Carolina for his visit to Clemson… he should be coming back a Tiger.”
**North Carolina recently offered arguably the best player in the class of 2013. Julius Randle, a 6-8 forward from Prestonwood Academy in Texas, received an offer this week from Roy Williams and company. To top that, Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals came to watch him play two days later.
**Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard & assistant Dan McHale recently watched 2012 forward Junior Fortunat of Roman Catholic in Philadelphia Fortunat is close to picking up an offer from the Pirates.
**Perry Ellis is having another week full of recruitment. This week, coaches from Oklahoma, Kansas and Kansas State came to watch him play. The 2012 forward for Wichita Heights in Kansas took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma this weekend for their game against Kansas on Saturday. On Sunday, he is taking a trip to Memphis to watch his sister, a member of the women’s basketball team, play on senior day.
**Speaking of recruiting frenzies, former Western Kentucky commit Cezar Guerrero of St. John Bosco in California is on an official visit this weekend. The talented guard is at Oklahoma State for his second official visit. Recently, he visited Oklahoma and also dropped 34 in front of coaches from Iowa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
**Maryland picked up a verbal commitment from Martin Breunig, a 6-9 German from St. John’s Northwest Military Academy in Wisconsin.
**Xavier assistants Rasheen Davis and Travis Steele made a trip to the Bronx to check out Daniel Dingle. Dingle, a 6-7 wing from St. Raymond’s in New York, was recently named CHSAA Player of the Year in New York.
**2013 forward Chris Davenport & 2013 guard Kasey Hill of Montverde Academy in Florida took an unofficial visit to Florida State on Saturday.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.