Notebook: Jalen Coleman dominates in Minnesota; latest on Eron Harris, Esa Ahmad

Dylan Burkhardt

Jalen-Coleman[1]The fourth and final session of the Nike EYBL regular season took place in Minneapolis over the weekend. The event was the last chance for Nike sponsored teams to qualify for the Peach Jam in Georgia this July.

The field for the Peach Jam has been set and All-Ohio Red will enter the tournament with one of the best records in the Nike EYBL field. Michigan offeree Jalen Coleman is one of the major reasons why All-Ohio has been so successful.

Coleman stole the show over the weekend for All-Ohio Red in Minnesota and was named Most Valuable Player of the fourth session by D1Circuit.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range in Minneapolis. Over the course of the EYBL season, Coleman averaged 15.2 points per game was 46-of-92 from three-point range.

His best game was against Playground Elite as he scored 32 points on 7-of-8 2-point shooting and 5-of-6 three-point shooting. Coleman’s shot chart was very impressive:

image raved about Coleman’s play:

The play of four-star shooting guard Jalen Coleman on Sunday could be described in one word, exceptional. The 6-foot-3 wing was in the zone for All-Ohio Red during his first game on Sunday making 12-13 shots (5-6 3PT) to score 32 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out a pair of assists and played well on the defensive end. He added another 25 and eight during his second game of the day and has backed up his No. 31 ranking in the class of 2015. After taking some time to settle in with All-Ohio earlier in the spring, Coleman has been outstanding as a jump shooter. He has shot over 50 percent from the field overall and has made a ridiculous 50 percent of his three point attempts (46-92) in EYBL play.

Coleman has continued to tell reporters that he will trim his list once he has time to discuss things with his family. That opportunity could come this June as the AAU season winds down for a month.

Esa Ahmad still working on Michigan visit

Coleman’s AAU teammate, Shaker Heights (OH) forward Esa Ahma also remains on Michigan’s recruiting board.

Ahmad recently took trips to West Virginia and Maryland, but he’s still planning to make it up to Michigan. Ahmad confirmed that he’d like to make it to Michigan for an unofficial visit in June, but he’s still working out the details. He’s also working on other Big Ten visits which could include Michigan State and Wisconsin.

“I’m not sure yet,” he said when asked when he would visit. “I haven’t been in contact with Michigan, but my dad has. We’re looking to make a visit in the next month or two.”

Ahmad reiterated that he feels comfortable with the Wolverines due to their connections to the All-Ohio program.

“I like their style of play,” Ahmad said. “We (All Ohio) have a long (history), actually Caris LeVert played for All Ohio Black. I watch them a lot.”

When asked whether he would have any Ohio-centric distaste for Michigan could affect his decision, Ahmad had a simple answer.

“I can get past that,” he said matter of factly.

Ahmad is a versatile forward that can do a bit of everything on the floor, both inside and out. He’s working on building off of that versatility.

“I just try to be a playmaker for my teammates,” Ahmad said. “Getting them open shots and just making the game easier for them. And I just get my points in the flow.”

Eron Harris sets final visits

Eron Harris announced a top three of Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue earlier this month. He has already visited Purdue and will travel to Michigan State this weekend. His Michigan visit is scheduled for the next weekend, June 6th and 7th, according to the Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep.

Harris averaged over 17 points per game for West Virginia last season and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season. He’s regarded as the top transfer available this off season.

Eric Davis EYBL Highlights

The Family fell just short of automatic Peach Jam qualification, but will play a one-game wildcard playoff against CP3 on July 16th. Recent Michigan offer Eric Davis has been exceptional this season with The Family, averaging 17.1 points per game, and here are some highlights of Davis in action.

Other Notes

  • SBell
    • Wayman Britt

      SBell – I havn’t seen much of this kid, but I am always concerned about a recruit who comes from a small school or plays with lesser competition.

      • SBell

        Otsego is Class B and was ranked in the top 10 all year; he’s played high-end AAU for years.

        More of a pure post player than Brechting, and with stronger academic profile. Dugan is solidly on U-M’s recruiting radar, which likely isn’t the case with Brechting at this point.

    • FL Wolve

      How does this kid compare to Brechting?

  • Wayman Britt

    Let’s hope Mr. Coleman commits soon so we can all rest easier. I have visions of Booker and Blackmon where they say they are interested, but wait til the last minute to commit then go some place else.

    • geoffclarke

      Blackmon was different, but the Coleman recruitment could be similar to Booker’s. I think when Booker moved down with his dad, that’s when he started drifting away from Michigan (his mom is a big UM fan). Similarly, I think there might be new influences in Coleman’s recruitment who are probably indifferent to Michigan. Although as tight-lipped as he is, it could turn out just like Chatman. I’m pretty hopeful with Eron Harris, but if we miss on him, it needs to be the full-court press on Coleman, IMO.

      • chazer

        I wonder how Booker feels with the twins returning. That’s going to cost him minutes. Though Kentucky has a great program it also shows that the one and done strategy isn’t guaranteed. It also pushed more wings into other schools for top 50 players, IMO.

  • rick dunaway

    great news on harris