Going through the four seasons isn't for everyone. Clifton "C.J." Coleman knows about the Indiana weather, especially its winters, all too well. So when the point guard is asked about his college recruitment and if a warm-weather school is appealing he gets right to the point.
“Yes, oh yes,” Coleman said emphatically and elongated. “I would like to go far away from home, just to get a new experience, but I'll miss my parents, so I don't know yet.”
For schools closer to his Fortville home, they hope the possibility of being homesick will supersede the Class of 2014 point guard's interest in warmer weather.
This list of schools is quite expansive, including offers from IUPUI and Northern Kentucky, and interest from IPFW and Ball State. Other schools a little bit farther away include Gardner-Webb and University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Coleman said IPFW was a nice school and the talks he has had with the Mastodon coaches have been positive and reflected what he is looking for in a college choice beyond location.
“I mean, I want a place I can get a good education with a nice friendly environment,” Coleman said. “My dad said college was the best four years of his life, so I just want a place like that.”
On the basketball side of things, Coleman is hopeful that he can find a program to exploit what he is already strong at – shooting the basketball. At the Memorial Day Run-n-Slam event at Spiece Fieldhouse this past weekend he demonstrated this ability in a multitude of ways.
He was able to drive right and get to the rim or pull-up for a jumper. He also curled around screens for 3-pointers or trailed on fast breaks to drain a shot from outside on the kick-out.
“I can shoot the ball and I want to do that, so I want to be at a place I can shoot; a place where I am going to be open,” Coleman said. “Also, a lot of big men (would help). I like big men. They open it up for me.”
While he is looking for a school to provide him these things, he is also continuing to work on his own abilities. The 6-foot-3 guard has been working out at a facility in Carmel to improve his strength and using the AAU season to help improve his ball-handling abilities as well.
He is hopeful these improvements and a strong summer will provide him with more options and scholarship offers before deciding on taking any unofficial or official visits to schools.
“It's been great (going through recruitment),” Coleman said. “All of sudden, after the first weekend in April, college coaches could call my phone (and it) has been blowing up, so it's been fun.”