It isn't that teams and players don't care about winning summer circuit games. They do, but not all put in the effort every play like Jalen Coleman.
Playing for All-Ohio Red, the class of 2015 shooting guard was willing to not just put in the defensive effort that can be lacking at these events but go to the floor. In one five-minute time span at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam All-Star Classic this weekend he even dove for a loose ball three separate times.
It also helps that Coleman has more than enough skill to do anything on the court. He can shoot from deep and pullup for the mid-range jumper, but also showcased that he can take contact and go to the rim during the weekend. That doesn't even include his defensive prowess.
It's the type of effort and overall ability that has college coaches across the country trying to get a commitment from the No. 31 rated prospect according to the national recruiting service Rivals.
This list includes plenty of big games. Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame have offered him a scholarship. Indiana's coaching staff also went to watch him recently play in California for an travel basketball event, where he came away saying it went well.
Coleman's offer list also includes Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Arizona, UCLA, Illinois and a plethora of other schools.
“As of right now, just kind of been analyzing and taking the different parts of different schools I like and don't like, pros and cons,” Coleman said about his decision.
The (LaPorte) La Lumiere School junior has said his time frame for picking a top few schools and visits hasn't been set yet either. He said he is waiting until he gets back home and school ends for the year to talk with his parents about the decision.
That doesn't mean there aren't certain things he is already looking for in the schools that have talked with him.
“The first thing that comes to my head is coaching staff, a great coaching staff and someone I can talk to on the court and off the court,” Coleman said. “A great development (program) and also a school where team chemistry wise (is good), past and previous years. Development and chemistry are important.”
Until he is done with this travel circuit that means he will continue to play for an All-Ohio Red team that was a switch from his previous summer team affiliate. It's been a positive change for Coleman who has enjoyed the effort and things this team provides. Something college coaches certainly enjoy about him as well.
“Personally feel like as a team we've been getting better each game as a team,” Coleman said. “We've been improving and just starting to get acclimated to each other, so it's only getting better.”