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Thursday / May 19.
  • Matt Coleman Leads Boo Williams to Showcase Title

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    Matt Coleman - 1.1By JACK LeGWIN

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Matt Coleman just gets it. He realizes what it takes to win. That is why he could be a future superstar at the point guard position.

    “There aren’t many of us from 2017 that get to play in the EYBL,” Coleman told “I’m starting and playing minutes too, so it’s a blessing really. Not many people get this chance to play this early on the EYBL. I’ve got 2 more years, so I’m going to keep growing and keep getting better.”

    The 6-foot-1, class of 2017 lefty point guard from Maury (Va.) has led Boo Williams this summer to back to back successful showings, at Peach Jam, reaching the semifinals before losing to Team Penny 77-68, and at the Super Showcase, winning it all.

    “It was great to play on ESPN (at Peach Jam),” Coleman said. “You see the cameras, but when the game starts, you don’t really let that get to you, the plus is that it’s just on TV.” 

    Playing in front of coaches that included North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Hubert Davis, Virginia Tech’s Buzz Williams, VCU’s Shaka Smart and Boston College’s Jim Christian, Coleman led Boo Williams to a 39-33 semifinal win in a slugfest over BABC that gave Boo Williams their first win over BABC this summer, which they followed up with a championship win over Alabama Challenge, 64-51.

    “It feels great,” Coleman said. “It always feels good to win. I’ve never won a national showcase before, so it feels good.”

    If you want to get onto the comparison side of the story, Coleman says that he’s heard comparisons to a lefty that made some serious noise at Oak Hill Academy and is currently a Detroit Piston.

    “I’ve heard that I look like a little Brandon Jennings,” Coleman said.

    A rising sophomore, Coleman has already received offers from Memphis, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Virginia, VCU and Old Dominion, and interest from UNC, Ohio State, Florida, UCLA, Indiana, Notre Dame, FSU and Miami.

    “We got some great pieces coming along next year,” Coleman said. “So look for that next year. Boo Williams: Peach Jam Champions.”

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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.