Hoops: Pennsy Guard Visits Rutgers

Devin Coleman

A 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard from the Philadelphia area was on Rutgers' campus Tuesday to meet with coach Fred Hill and his staff, get a tour of the campus and learn more about the program. The player already holds seven offers, and more could be on the way if he has a strong summer on the AAU circuit. Find out what the player had to say about the trip, and when he may decide on a school.

If Devin Coleman leaves his Philadelphia-area home to play college basketball, a quick ride north may be an option for the class of 2011 prospects.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard from Friends' Central of Wynnewood, Pa., made an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Tuesday, and came away with a good feeling.

"I enjoyed it. I liked it a lot,'' Coleman said. "I listened to what they had to say. All the people I talked to, from the academic people to the coaches to the strength and conditioning coach, I liked what they had to say.

"I thought it went very well and it's somewhere I'm definitely interested in.''

Coleman holds offers from Siena, Temple, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Drexel, Delaware and St. Joseph's. He said he also has been to the Villanova campus on unofficial visits and is building a rapport with coach Jay Wright and his staff.

During Coleman's trip to Rutgers, he saw many aspects of the campus, but not everything. The nasty weather kept him from walking around on the campus and getting the full effect of a visit, but he could return for another visit shortly.

"We looked at the basketball facilities, the football facilities, some of the buildings,'' Coleman said. "That was about it. They mentioned (planned RAC renovations) a couple of times. "They said they would get me up there on a better day so I could see the campus, and really see the RAC. They said they wanted to see me play a little bit more (before offering).''

Coleman is considered a scorer with an inconsistent shot, but he can get to the basket off the dribble.

However, before Rutgers offers, Coleman believes he needs to show he is worthy by having a strong summer on the AAU circuit.

"I need to continue to work and play hard at these tournaments,'' Coleman said. "My versatility (is a strength). On my high school team, and even my AAU team, I play the one through the three. Offensively, I can play multiple positions and defensively I can defend multiple positions, at (the high school) level, at least.''

And Coleman doesn't mind waiting for more offers to come his way since he will not choose a school for a while.

"I haven't put a timetable on it,'' he said. "I'm not trying to rush it. I just want to make sure I feel comfortable with the situation I'm going to be in, and I make the right decision.''

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