According to a report from Scout’s Evan Daniels, the the seemingly never-ending recruitment of four-star Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman will finally draw to a conclusion on Monday morning at the Hoophall Classic.
2017 PG Matt Coleman will announce his college decision on Monday at the Hoop Hall Classic. Duke, Stanford & Texas are the finalists.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) January 11, 2017
For Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns, Coleman’s commitment, whether it be to the ‘Horns, Duke, or Stanford, will dramatically shift the immediate and long-term future for the basketball program. Many would agree that Coleman is the most important prospect for Texas since T.J. Ford and despite the mind-boggling amount of NBA talent that’s played on the 40 Acres since Ford and Texas’ Final Four run, the importance of Coleman isn’t exaggerated.
Though the official list includes Stanford, the consensus expectation is that it’s a two-horse race for Coleman’s services between Smart’s Longhorns and Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils; a race in which it appears the ‘Horns have pulled ahead in on the final leg after an initial surge from Duke.
The tremendous importance of landing Coleman is as evident as possible in Texas’ current point guard by committee rotation, which hasn’t produced the most fruitful facilitation. Coleman is a true point guard that’s already far more confident and capable with the ball in his hands than any current Longhorn, which is why Smart has prioritized him for five years. Additionally, Texas hasn’t pursued any other floor general in the 2017 class and placed all emphasis on Coleman, so why Kerwin Roach Jr. and Andrew Jones should take steps in the right direction as combo-guards-turned-point-guards, the ‘Horns would likely enter next season with strikingly similar issues as they have now.
We’ll finally know if that will be the case in a matter of moments.
At 6’1, 174 pounds, Coleman ranks as the nation’s No. 8 point guard and the No. 32 player overall, per 247Sports Composite.
Texas is currently projected as the convincing favorite to land the elusive lefty floor general.