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Oak Hill Point Guard Matt Coleman Looking at Two Potential Commitment Dates
Matt Coleman, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound point guard from Oak Hill (VA) Academy, could commit on Dec. 15th but might also announce Jan. 16th. Both games will be televised by the ESPN networks.
Oak Hill coach Steve Smith initially told ZAGSBLOG the “plan” was for Coleman to announce Dec. 15, but Coleman also mentioned the Jan. 16 date to Eric Bossi of Rivals.
Coleman is considering Duke, Texas and Stanford.
Oak Hill, ranked No. 2 by ESPN.com, plays No. 3 Sierra Canyon (CA) at 9 p.m. on Dec. 15 on ESPN or ESPN2. Oak Hill then faces Nathan Hale High School (WA) at 1 p.m. on Jan. 16.
“I could see a commitment coming within a month from now, but right now I just don’t have that feeling of where I want to go in my heart,” Coleman told me earlier this month.
His most recent visit was to Texas at the end of October.
“Texas was real nice, I say they laid out the red carpet,” he said. “Just being there with my family and [head coach] Shaka [Smart] spending some time, I really enjoyed myself.”
Coleman visited along with 7-footer Mohamed Bamba of the Westtown (PA) School and the PSA Cardinals. Bamba is considering Texas along with Duke, Kentucky, Harvard and a few others, but also won’t sign until the spring.
“Mo was there with me,” Coleman said. “He said he likes what Shaka does but I think he’s signing late as well. I don’t think we’re going to rush it, we’re just going to let it come to us.”
Coleman also hears regularly from Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel, Texas’ Smart and the Stanford coaches.
“Coach Capel was here for our first game, I hear from him every day,” Coleman said. “Shaka was here for this past game on Saturday. I hear from them every day. And Stanford with Adam Cohen and coach [Jerod] Haase, I hear from them on a consistent basis. So it’s all consistent and they’re all preaching the same message.”
Coleman is one of several uncommitted elite Class of 2017 point guards. Trae Young and Trevon Duval are expected to sign in the spring. Young is considering Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kentucky, while Duval is down to Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Seton Hall and Baylor.
“I don’t think my decision’s gonna be based on what they do,” Coleman said.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.