MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's basketball coach Randy Bennett announced that former University of Minnesota guard Joe Coleman will enroll at the College this fall and be eligible to play for the Gaels in the 2014-15 season.
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Coleman started 52 of 72 appearances during his two seasons with the Gophers, including 29 of 36 contests against Big Ten Conference opponents. He helped lead Minnesota to the NIT finals as a freshman in 2012 and a third round NCAA Tournament appearance last March.
He will sit out the 2013-14 season in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations, be eligible to participate the following season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
"Joe Coleman is simply a winner and he will make a significant contribution to our program," said Bennett. "He has achieved success at every level he has played. Joe started a lot of games in two years at Minnesota and helped lead his team to the NIT finals as a freshman and the third round of the NCAA Tournament last year. I expect his experience and leadership to really thrive in our program.”
Coleman averaged 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in two seasons at Minnesota. Last season, as a sophomore, he averaged 8.7 points in 26.3 minutes per game. He registered several career highs when he scored 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting at Illinois.
A 2011 graduate of Hopkins High School, Coleman was the state's player of the year and considered one of the top prospects in the country. He was a prep all-American and captained his team to consecutive state championships. Coleman averaged 21.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game and led his team to a 32-1 overall record as a senior.