Thanks to shooting guard Devin Coleman (Clemson) for doing the interview with us. He is a 6’2, 175 pound guard who excels in transition and has the ability to consistently get to the rim. Coleman showed off his skills in the Capital vs. United States Capital Classic game recently when he had a game-high 19 points in a 136-115 rout as he helped lead the U.S. All-Stars to the victory.
Just having people interested in me, it’s great, it’s a blessing to be recruited, to be recruited by the bigger schools that I was recruited by, just to have people interested in what I was doing.
What was your least favorite part of being recruited?
I felt like it all kind of happened, I would say my least favorite part is the speed of it, you don’t realize how fast the decision comes upon you… it goes by pretty fast, I feel like just how fast it went for me was my least favorite part.
Why did you ultimately decide to commit to Clemson?
The big thing for me is they wanted me the most, I felt like the interest was even between the two of us. They were also the only official visit I took.
What did you like about Clemson that isn’t basketball related?
I like the location because I have family in that area. Also their academic support… there’s a whole department dedicated to that, obviously that’s very important, if you don’t succeed in the classroom you can’t get on the floor. So I’d say the academics is my favorite.
What do you look forward to the most at Clemson next year?
Just the challenge, it’s ACC basketball so you know it’s top notch competition, it’s always good to see where you stack up against players of that caliber. It’s something new for me, just the challenge of playing against that level of competition is what I look forward to the most.
Who are you excited to play with next year at Clemson?
I look forward to playing with everybody. I spent a lot of time with Devin Booker when I was down there. He’s a very exciting player. I’m definitely looking forward to playing with him. And Milton Jennings, we’ve seen flashes of what he’s capable of doing on the court but I feel like he hasn’t been able to put it all together yet and I think that that’s coming this season.
It’s just what I love to do. It kind of takes your mind off everything else because you’re focused on what you’re doing at the time. There’s no distractions or anything like that on the court. It’s just about having fun on the court.
What’s your favorite memory in your playing career?
I’d probably say winning the last three state championships. All three of those championship victories are my favorite moments.
What are you goals for your playing career at Clemson?
For the team, we obviously just want to improve, what those guys did last year they had a good season considering the circumstances. We just want to improve and get better. Individually, I just want to improve too. Just gaining that knowledge at the next level and getting better is what I’ll be focused on.
What has playing basketball taught you?
It teaches hard work. Obviously you have to work at your skills to become better and better. The other aspects of life requires hard work too, school being one of them.
What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I didn’t like basketball until I was in 6th grade, and I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was in 8th grade. I competed in little league and stuff like that but I wasn’t really good. In middle school, I would have to wait for my mom to pick me up every day after school and I just watched the high school guys in the gym. I kind of just wanted to be like them. I just worked in the gym and tried to be like them and asked them questions and things like that. When I saw myself improve that’s when I really got into it.