As first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the St. Mary’s Gaels basketball program seems to be getting stronger and stronger in recent years, and they’ve nabbed a talented wing as of Monday afternoon.
Former Minnesota guard Joe Coleman has elected to transfer out West to St. Mary’s in the midst of the coaching change with the Gophers. The arrival of a talented player like Coleman couldn’t come at a better time for the program, as they’ll be blessed with three senior guards this season (while Coleman sits out due to transfer rules), and he’ll arrive just in time to take up the mantle in 2014-2015.
Coleman had a short, but quality career in Minnesota, averaging 8.7 points per game in nearly 27 minutes as a sophomore. He’s a very good athlete who rebounds well for his position (3.6 boards per game last season), and if he improves his jump shot a bit, he could be a devastating player in more of a mid-major situation. Looking for another indication of his promise? Coleman also had considerable interest from top-flight programs such as Gonzaga, Oregon, and Florida State.
The absence of Matthew Dellavedova from the St. Mary’s program will certainly be felt, but with the cupboard stocked for years to come, it looks like head coach Randy Bennett has things cooking in a big way.