It’s no secret that the Syracuse basketball program is going hard after the point guard position in the class of 2017. For a long time, the top two names mentioned have been Trevon Duval and Quade Green. While Duval’s name has faded a bit in connection to SU, and Green has seen an almost unheard of rise on the national scene, one other name has suddenly come front and center: Matt Coleman.
The 6-foot-2 lefty who plays his high school ball at Oak Hill Academy (you might remember that as the factory that sent Carmelo Anthony, Eric Devendorf, and Billy Edelin) is a dynamic athlete at the point guard position. He’s got a strong handle and elite quickness, which enables him to get to the bucket and create for both himself and his teammates almost at will.
Coleman was just named to the Team USA Under-18 roster, alongside Green and fellow Syracuse targets Hami Diallo and Mo Bamba. Green and Coleman are two of the three point guards on the roster, which will certainly make things easier for the Syracuse coaching staff as they monitor the two players who are now arguably the first and second choices on their 2017 board at the lead guard position.
He still needs to refine his jumper a little more, though he hits well enough out to three point range to be considered a very real threat to score from just about anywhere on the floor. He’s a talented scorer with good vision as well, and shows a real knack for finding open teammates through seemingly impossible passing lanes.
Right now, the big competition for Coleman includes the likes of Texas (and keep in mind, Shaka Smart is the head coach for the USA U-18 squad), UConn, Florida, Virginia, and Arizona.
Syracuse is going to need a big class in 2017, with anywhere from 5-7 scholarships likely to come open. Green, as mentioned, is seeing an absolutely meteoric rise and right now Kentucky and, in particular, Duke are serious threats to snag the Philly guard who has long been considered a Syracuse lean. With Frank Howard the only point guard currently set to be on the 2017-2018 roster, it’s a position of serious need, and Coleman would be a terrific addition.