Shaka Smart’s pursuit of Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman dates back to Smart’s days at VCU and the Virginia product has been a priority ever since. The majority belief is that Coleman will ultimately play for Smart in Austin following his senior season and thanks to Smart’s duties as head coach of the Team USA U18 squad, Coleman got an early glance at what that may be like.
"He's very genuine," Coleman said of Smart, per Rivals.com. "You can tell that he really cares about his players. He always wants to win."
At this point, Coleman is quite familier with winning and what that entails. Prior to starting all five games for Team USA en route to a gold medal, in which Coleman shot the ball really well and dished out 22 assists, his Oak Hill Academy squad won a high school national championship in April. The team on the unlucky side of that buzzer-beating finish? Team USA teammate and Texas Longhorn James Banks’ La Lumiere School.
Next up for Coleman is cutting his list, which he says he plans to do at the end of August. Will Texas make that list? Considering Texas was the first school Coleman told Rivals he plans to visit in the fall, my guess would be yes, without question.
The four-star floor general says he plans to commit in December or January, and if Coleman’s Crystal Ball is of any indication, Smart will be adding yet another elite-level recruit when that commitment comes.
Coleman ranks as the No. 36 player in the nation and No. 8 point guard.