DENTON, Texas – Keith Coleman, one of the nation’s premier junior college post players, has signed with Tony Benford and the North Texas basketball team.
Coleman, who originally signed with Nebraska, was counted by Hot100Hoops.com as one of the nation’s top-25 junior college players. He racked up averages of 8.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last year for Marshalltown (Iowa) CC, and will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Mean Green.
“We are very fortunate to have a player like Keith Coleman coming on board,” Benford said. “He is the missing piece of the puzzle for our team, and he will take a ton of pressure off Tony Mitchell in the paint. Keith is a big, athletic scorer and is known as a great teammate. He is a high-major player that our fans will enjoy seeing for the next three seasons.”
Coleman racked up three double-doubles last season for the Tigers, including a 17-point, 13-rebound outing against Southwestern (Iowa) CC. He shot 57.1 percent from the floor on the year and was named Honorable Mention All-Region XI.
"I don't think Keith is a good get for North Texas - I think he's a great get," said JUCO expert Mike Mitchell, who co-hosts a Dallas tournament for the top 60 junior college teams in the country. "I had him as a top-five JUCO prospect in the nation, and I thought he was a great signee for Nebraska. With Keith lining up with Tony Mitchell every day I think North Texas' potential is through the roof. This is a legit guy."
Following his time at Lee (Maine) Academy, Coleman was rated as the No. 23 center in the country by Scout.com and No. 37 by ESPN.com. Coleman, who checks in at 6-10 and 250-pounds, was listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.
“When I came to North Texas it really felt like home,” Coleman said. “From coach Benford, to Tony Mitchell and the rest of the guys, I really had a great connection with all of them, and I can’t wait to get to Denton and get started.”
Coleman joins point guard P.J. Hardwick as the first signees under Benford. The Mean Green has averaged 21 wins per season over the last six years, and has reached the Sun Belt Tournament title game in each of the last three years. North Texas will be joining Conference USA for the 2013-14 season.