Tim Coleman, a 6-1 guard out of Lee College in Texas, officially signed to play for Larry Krystkowiak and the Runnin' Utes today. The signing comes after Coleman committed to the program last week. Coleman also had offers from Seton Hall and Creighton and interest from Minnesota.
Coleman will be a junior next season after playing two seasons of junior college basketball. Last season at Lee College, Coleman averaged 14.5 PPG 3.8 RPG and 3.9 APG. He shot 36.5% from the field and 30.7% from beyond the arc. His attributes of toughness and ability to play well on the defensive end are likely what attracted the Utah coaching staff to Coleman. His experience and leadership will also be of benefit with the loss of veteran guard Brandon Taylor and the transfer of Isaiah Wright to San Diego.
Coleman played his high school basketball at Withrow High school in Cincinnati, where he led the Cincinnati Metro Athletic conference in scoring as a senior, averaging 23.9 PPG. Due to academic reasons, he took the junior college route, but will now have the opportunity to play Division I ball. While he didn't have a ton of offers, both Creighton and Seton Hall are solid programs, and Krystkowiak has shown good results in his recruiting thus far during his Utah tenure.
Coleman will be one of many new faces on the team next season, joining fall commits Devon Daniels, JoJo Zamora and Tyler Rawson. Jayce Johnson and David Collette will also being relatively new having not seen the floor yet with Utah. An underlying theme with all the recruits this season has been an emphasis on toughness. According to all accounts, Coleman fits the profile. It will be interesting to see who rises to the top with so much turnover from last seasons roster.