WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 31: Gerard Coleman #1 of the Providence Friars drives to basket by Nate Lubick #34 during a college basketball game on December 31, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC The Hoyas wpn 49-40.. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
After taking visits to two of the most outstanding non-BCS college basketball programs in the country, Gerard Coleman has reportedly chosen to transfer to Gonzaga. This news comes to us from Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review. The 6'5'' transfer from Providence was a very wanted commodity following his announcement that he would leave the Friars. The Zags, along with fellow non-BCS power Xavier, and Florida were all thought to be in the running for his services. In the end, it appears Mark Few and the Bulldogs staff have won out and will add a very promising player to their roster for the 2013-14 season.
Coleman concluded his visit to Xavier this past Friday and there were reports that they were the leader for his services even though the question was raised whether or not they could provide the minutes that Coleman likely desired. Gonzaga, on the other hand, is in need of a player that can play both the shooting guard and small forward spot, particularly in the 2013-14 season as Guy Landry Edi will no longer be on the team and Kyle Dranginis will just be a redshirt sophomore. Following the year he is required to sit out, Coleman will be a redshirt junior and will have two years of eligibility.
At Providence last season, Coleman logged 34 minutes per game and averaged 13 points and 5 boards per contest. While his shoot percentages have raised some concern among fans, the argument I would give is that Coleman will be a part of a very talented and complementary backcourt to his skill set meaning that he can find his own shot and no longer settle for outside jumpers, something which happened far too much at Providence. Along with Coleman's scoring ability, the Zags will welcome his knack for hitting the glass; something which this staff has stressed over the past couple seasons.