Arguably the most important recruit of the Shaka Smart era is officially a Texas Longhorn!
After electing to announce his commitment to Smart and Texas in January over the likes of Mike Kyzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils in January, four-star Oak Hill Academy point Matt Coleman signed his National Letter of Intent with the Longhorns on Wednesday.
Yessir!! Great to have Matt OFFICIALLY apart of the @TexasMBB family!! #signingday #HookEm pic.twitter.com/hMunYGpLE9— Mike Morrell (@CoachMMorrell) April 12, 2017
"We're very excited about the addition of Matt Coleman to our program," Smart said per a release. "The relationship with Matt and his family goes back many years through the recruiting process, and there's definitely a strong connection that has been forged over time. Matt is a true point guard who is an absolute winner."
“I believe in adding members to our program who make the people around them better. Matt does exactly that,” Smart added.
Considering what Coleman was able to do on the hardwood like season as a headliner on a loaded Oak Hill Academy squad, the proof is in the passing. As the floor general and coach on the court of a 37-5 team — something not many high school prospects can accurately claim to be — Coleman dished out 222 assists while committing just 34 turnovers as a senior, making for an incredible 7.9 assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior.
That, along with his crafty and confident ball handling, will serve as an immediately welcomed and noticeable upgrade from last season’s ball-handling rotation of Kerwin Roach Jr. and Andrew Jones. Both are natural combo guards that finished the season with a combined 234 assists and 165 turnovers — a subpar 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.
On film, he’s everything Texas needs and more.
At 6’2, 175 pounds, Coleman’s a surprisingly explosive athlete and utilizes it to control the pace of the game to his pleasing. A tremendously shifty guard, Coleman displays a great sense of when to explode and attack defenders and when to slow things down — in the same possession at times. Coleman will likely arrive on campus as Texas’ best and most confident ball-handler, distributor, and mentally, the most capable of putting those around him in a position to succeed.
While some will argue Coleman was snubbed as a McDonald’s All-American, the latest Longhorn will be running the show for the West Team in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic.
Lead by example.@OakHillAcademy’s Matt Coleman will show out with the world’s top young hoopers at @JordanClassic on Friday. #NEXTvsNEXT pic.twitter.com/lKXD0LMECb— Jordan (@Jumpman23) April 11, 2017
While in Brooklyn, Coleman will have an opportunity to serve as a recruiter for Texas, as he’ll be teamed up with Smart’s top remaining target in five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba.
UT WE NEED MO BAMBA #HOOKEM !!— Clifford (@mattcoleman2_) April 7, 2017
Coleman ranks as the nation’s No. 38 player, No. 10 point guard and the No. 10 player in Virginia, per 247Sports Composite.