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Coleman preps for playing time

There's a ritual of sorts every fall at Gonzaga. It happens here, on blogs and message boards and just about anywhere Gonzaga basketball is discussed: Name GU's starting five.

At some point, probably in the next 2-3 weeks, coach Mark Few will be asked about it. His reply will likely be short, stressing that the starting five doesn't matter nearly as much to the coaching staff as the five on the floor when games are on the line and that it's more of a concern to folks outside the program. (I can't recall for sure, but I probably asked the question 5-6 years ago and Few's answer then and through the years hasn't changed).

That brings us to one of the contenders for a starting position: Gerard Coleman, who sat out last season after transferring from Providence. He's bidding for time at the '3', left open by starter Mike Hart's graduation, but he's not alone. I put together a short feature on Coleman that ran in today's S-R.

Below, a few thoughts on the starting lineup.

Coleman picks GU over Xavier

Gonzaga picked up a commitment today from Providence College transfer Gerard Coleman, a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 13.2 points and 5 rebounds last season for the Big East Conference Friars.

I talked with Marcus O'Neil, Coleman's prep coach at Tilton School, and several of his thoughts are in the article posted below. A couple other tidbits from O'Neil: He mentioned that Coleman played on a powerhouse Tilton team with Alex Oriachi, who earlier this spring transfered from UConn to Missouri, and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who left UConn for Hofstra. .

Asked what Coleman needs to work on, O'Neil said, “He's a long, slim kid and he'll continue to build up his strength. He needs to improve his perimeter shooting, but he was a pretty decent shooter for us.”

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