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.”