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Matt Coleman, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound point guard from Oak Hill (VA) Academy, is down to Duke and Texas, he told Scout.com.
Stanford is out of the mix.
“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 recently.
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.
The last time Shamorie Ponds played a game at Madison Square Garden, he won a PSAL championship with Thomas Jefferson High School with St. John’s coach Chris Mullin in attendance.
On Sunday, Ponds will play his first game at the Garden in a St. John’s uniform when the Red Storm (5-6) meet Penn State (6-5) in the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival at 11 a.m. Rutgers (10-1) takes on Fordham (5-6) in the second game of the doubleheader.
“I think the best part was being able to get my first win at The Garden,” Ponds said of the March 12 win over Lincoln in which he went off for 31 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals, including 21 second-half points in a 90-61 rout.