Oak Hill Academy's Matt Coleman #2 in action against Nathan Hale during the second half of a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Monday, January 16, 2017, in Springfield, MA. Nathan Hale won 80-77. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Golden: Shaka Smart has to be excited about the future with addition of Matt Coleman

Posted January 17th, 2017

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In today’s Golden’s Nuggets, Cedric touches on a big Bevo-related item: What does the commitment of Matt Coleman mean to Shaka Smart’s program? Here’s what he had to say about it:

Help is coming, Shaka.

The Texas basketball coach has never been 7-10, so it’s easy to understand his frustration as Texas continues to take opponents to the finish line only to come up short time and time again.

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As the Horns struggle to keep their season afloat, Smart received some good news Monday when Oak Hill Academy’s Matt Coleman, the nation’s eighth-ranked point guard, picked Texas over Duke.

It took about five seconds to understand why Smart is excited about his future addition.

Coleman’s team lost to Seattle’s Nathan Hall in the Hoophall Classic on ESPNU Monday, but the speedster displayed slick ball skills and a willingness to get the ball to his big guys when he went to the hole.

At 6-foot-1, he can also climb the ladder as evidenced by being called for goal tending during the game.

The lefty blur is the pure point guard the current team sorely needs.

“Welcome to the brotherhood,” Longhorn legend T.J. Ford tweeted. “He is a great addition with the opportunity to impact Texas Basketball under (Smart).”

Coleman, who has been a Smart recruit since he was an eighth grader when Smart was at VCU, told ESPN broadcasters he chose Texas because he watched the Horns and Duke and wanted to go where he was needed more.

“You keep constantly hearing, ‘Texas needs a point guard, Texas needs a point guard,’” he said.

The 2018 season just got a lot more interesting because Coleman is a natural table setter who will come in and start immediately. The current team is relying on a combo platter of Andrew Jones and Kerwin Roach to bring the ball down court, and while Jones is starting to grow into the position, Shaka could use another set of hands to lighten the load.

Reinforcements are on the way but not until next season. The biggest question has to be if Coleman will be throwing it inside to Jarrett Allen or not. The guess here is Texas’ talented freshman will be on an NBA roster this time next season.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his take on Georgetown’s Mason Crosby and the future of the Dallas Cowboys, click here.

 

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