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home : sports : local sports June 24, 2016

Family Tradition
Coleman following in his father's footsteps

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer

GREENWOOD, SC – For most elite basketball players, there is one distinct skill level that sets them apart from their competition. For Greenwood Eagles’ junior guard Jarryd Coleman, that skill is the ability to shoot the basketball.

“There are not many kids that can shoot the ball like Jarryd (Coleman),” Greenwood Head Coach Jim Still said. “He puts in the time in the gym, and it shows.”

Much of Coleman’s pedigree as a shooter can be attributed to his father, Steve Coleman, who was named the 1985 3A Player of the Year while at Newberry High School. After playing at Spartanburg Methodist, Coleman went on to star at Stetson University in Deland, Florida.

According to the younger Coleman, his father has had a profound impact on his young career, as Coleman has played under him in AAU throughout his life.

“He (Steve) has taught me everything I know,” Coleman said. “He pushes me past my limits to achieve my personal goals, and lets me know I can have anything I want in life if I work hard for it.”

Coleman, a three year starter for the Eagles, is averaging 14.6 points per game in the Eagles’ 3-4 start to the 2012 season. According to the 6-foot-3 junior sharp shooter, various colleges have begun to take interest.

His father, who was also known as an elite outside shooter throughout his career, believes that his son may be a step ahead of him at this stage of Jarryd’s career.

“He (Steve) says that I shoot the ball better than he did at my age,” Coleman said. “The main thing we are working on right now is keeping my intensity level up. He (Steve) tells me I need to crank it up a notch the rest of the year and going into my senior year.”

According to Still, Coleman’s ability to expand his overall offensive repertoire will make his star guard that much more difficult to defend.

“He will be very difficult to defend if he gets a midrange game going,” Still said. “He’s such a good free throw shooter, too. If he can get to the free throw line eight to ten times a game, that’s just another weapon he can add to his arsenal.”

Coleman, who is known as one of the premiere outside shooters in the state in his class, explained that expanding his overall game will be essential as the Eagles prepare for the remainder of the 2012 season.

“I’m pretty much known as a shooter,” Coleman said. “I want to spread out my game, I want to become a more diverse player. I’ve been working on posting up more and I just want to expand my game and become a great overall player.” 

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Stokes Southern Stampede

Jarryd is a good kid from a great family and an outstanding basketball player. In high school, kids are often asked to play out of position and many times they find themselves in systems that don't fit their skill sets. In NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) is one of the premiere leagues in the country. We will enter the summer of 2013 as the #2 ranked team in the country. I have 12 handpicked players from GA & SC, carefully selected based on their skill sets. Every member on my team has received Division 1 scholarship offers,many of them HIGH MAJOR (Duke, UCONN, Indiana, USC, UGA, etc)..that tells you that these kids are very good..and Jarryd fits right in with them. We ask "J" to handle the ball, feed the post, shoot FREELY and defend - which he does to our satisfaction..and to the satisfaction of the college coaches who call me about him. Every kid has areas where they need to improve, but we allow them play to their strengths. In case his home community doesn't know, J is considered among the elite shooters in his age group and there is no question that he will have options to choose from when selecting the D1 system that best fits him. I understand that he struggles in his HS system like many of our kids do..and when I watched him play with his HS, I "didn't recognize the kid that I saw". But I KNOW the player that he is and he's a good one! He's a kid that has performed well on the absolute biggest stage in Nike high school basketball and in front of hundreds of coaches. Many of our game clips and players are highlighted on the internet by the Augusta Basketball Report. go to youtube and type in Jarryd Coleman Greenwood HS Southern Stampede and you can see for yourself. See you in March, J..LA, TX, MN, VA, FL..be ready!! keep your head up!!

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Butler

best pure shooter I've seen since Brandon Freeman! He has range from when he walks in to the Gym. Hope everything works out for this young man.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Jennifer Lindley

I am very proud of you Jarryd. You are a great young man. Keep up the good work.

Love, Mrs. Lindley

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Ray Thomasson

This young man is the future of some program at the next level. Jarryd keep focus and your dreams will come true.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Venture

Great Article.... If you have not seen this athlete in action shooting the ball, go check him out.... Jarryd keep working hard on the court and off the court in that classroom. Your future is BRIGHT!!!! TBBA 4 Life.....

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