Matt Coleman is about to hit the EYBL circuit for one of the final times in his Boo Williams career.
And what a career it has been.
A Virginian born and raised, the five-star guard from Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) is on a mission to succeed as he returns to Hampton, the final chance to defend his EYBL's squad's home turf.
Praised for his sharp shooting and court vision, Coleman is one of the top true point guards on the circuit. It’s not often a guard gets the chance to play in the EYBL for three seasons, and Coleman has gotten better with each stop.
Coming off an unbelievable high school season with Oak Hill winning the Dick’s National Championship, Coleman is remaining focused while embracing the moment.
“It’s all still surreal,” he said.
For a junior in high school the constant spotlight can get overwhelming. Coleman gained much attention from his outstanding performances at national tournaments including the Les Schwab Invitational, Bass PRO Invitational and DICK's Nationals.
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Coleman himself is a bit surprised with the interest he has sparked.
“Growing up a fan and now I’m a recruit, it truly is a blessing,” he said.
While being number three on ESPN’s 2017 rankings for the point guard position, Coleman has received up to 17 offers from schools, including Oregon, Alabama, Ohio State and Arizona.
Always looking to improve, he looks to find consistency in his jumper; especially at the three-point line.
“And making my off hand (right hand) stronger, being able to make plays with my right just as well with the left,” Coleman said.
The circuit is full of talent but Coleman looks to play against a few familiar faces.
“I’m looking forward to playing Team Takeover, Houston Hoops, Howard Pulley and CP3,” he said.
Out of those teams, Coleman will be up against another stand out teammate Devontae Shuler who he enjoyed playing with at Oak Hill.
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Wrapping up his junior year, Coleman can count various achievements that he could be proud of. His biggest accomplishment thus far according to Coleman is an exact reflection of his humility to the game of basketball.
“Getting my coach 1,000 wins,” said Coleman in reverence to Oak Hill’s legendary coach Steve Smith’s historic milestone this season.
Coleman takes pride in being a true point-guard.
“I think my IQ and unselfishness makes everybody want to play with me,” Coleman said. "If you want a point-guard, I’m your guy."
He plans on working hard during this traveling season to reach the top 15 in the nation for his 2017 class.
Now, with two sessions in the Nike EYBL circuit down, Coleman reflects on the 3-4 record he has with BWSL.
“The competition is by far the best between any circuits. It’s really intense and very competitive because everybody is play to get to the Peach Jam,” Coleman said.
Averaging about 14 points a game, Coleman (96 points) is Boo Williams’ leading scorer. Despite his leadership, Coleman and BWSL have fallen short to a few tough teams in the circuit.
Coleman & his Boo Williams squad will have every chance to capitalize this weekend, defending their home turf of Hampton, highlighted by a session-closing matchup against Team CP3.
Coleman plans on bouncing back and regaining a short-term memory in order to be ready for the next game, just like he always has in his EYBL career.
“You can’t really think about it because you live to play another game,” Coleman explained.
"You have to capitalize every chance you get."