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EYBL Minneapolis MVP: Jalen Coleman

05/27/2014, 8:15pm EDT
By Alec Kinsky, D1 Circuit

All Ohio guard dominates during session four

It took four sessions for Jalen Coleman to get settled in, but the wait was well worth it - just edging out Team Final's Malachi Richardson for the session's Most Valuable Player.

During the final EYBL session in Minneapolis, All Ohio Red racked up five huge victories - mainly due to Coleman's electric performances. In the five wins, the 6-foot-4 combo guard averaged 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from distance.

In a close win over Playground Elite, Coleman had one of the best performances of the year. Playing 30 minutes in the five-point win, All Ohio's star put up 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists, shooting a near-perfect 12-for-13 from the field and 5-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Coleman was off his game in the win over the Alabama Challenge due to cramps (which affected his session averages), but the junior recovered with three ultra-impressive performances. Along with the outburst against Playground Elite, Coleman put up 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in a one-point win over Team Penny.

After two dominating Saturday performances, Coleman still had some heroics left in his arsenal. Trailing Team Takeover by two points in the game's closing seconds, Coleman broke down his defender off the dribble and drained a contested three with less than five seconds to play. Just before he let off the shot, there was an audible "don't let him shoot!" coming from the Team Takeover fan section, as a win for them would have clinched a Peach Jam berth.

They gave him all the space he needed, and Coleman delivered. His emergence as a budding star leaves no doubts about All Ohio Red's Peach Jam contention status. 

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