We continue to highlight players in the class of 2024 who could be late steals for programs, and 2024 6’7 Leland Coleman from Hargrave Military Academy could be an option for several programs. Phenom Hoops has had a chance to watch him on a few occasions this year, and each time we have viewed him, he has captured our eyes.
Coleman again is a 6’7 versatile player on the court, that makes his impact felt in a variety of ways. He is one that can be used in a variety of positions and can guard multiple positions defensively with his length and wingspan. He also brings good athleticism to the table that allows him to make an impact offensively and defensively. Coleman is an effective scorer who can step out with his mid-range game and from three, but also can put it on the deck and finish at the rim. He excels at finishing at the rim with authority but is versatile enough to step out and knock down shots. Coleman also uses that same athleticism well to impact the game defensively in blocking or altering shots, along with tremendous energy.
Right now, he holds an offer from Texas Southern but he has garnered interest his way from other schools. Coleman is the younger brother of Texas A&M’s Henry Coleman as well
Coach Breakdown – Ben Veshi (Hargrave)
“Leland has been one of the most coachable, hardworking kids I’ve ever been fortunate enough to work with in this game. He does all the things necessary to impact winning and his game is starting to blossom now that he’s playing a more natural position for his skill set. Leland’s in phenomenal shape and plays with high-level energy every second he’s on the floor. He’s becoming an excellent cutter in addition to his ability to finish and play above the rim. Leland’s also getting more comfortable with his jumper from 17′ and out past the three. Defensively, he’s committed himself to being a ball stopper and he’s arguably one of our best off-ball defenders with his ability to play in the passing lanes and alter shots at the rim. Super tireless worker and an outstanding young man!”
What Was Said:
“Leland demonstrates the ability to handle the ball and create offense off the dribble using basic crossovers but his length allows him to eat up space quickly. He can knock down the catch and shoot three-pointer at a good rate and attacks hard closeouts using shot fakes. a quick rip and length attacking space. Can pull up off the dribble and knock down shots and has a very good touch finishing with runners or on finishes off the glass. Mid-range game has shown solid improvement. He is adept at improvising on drives and creating shots on the move. Leland is a very good rebounder who regularly grabs rebounds outside his area due to his mammoth wingspan and ability to elevate quickly off the floor. Very good finisher, plays through contact nicely, and plays stronger than his lengthy frame suggests. Leland has excellent footwork around the rim and is active on the glass. Defensively he demonstrates pretty good quickness and lateral mobility. His wingspan and solid footwork allow him to pressure some guards and not get beat. He is active off the ball defensively and is quick in his rotations. He hunts down rebounds nicely and requires attention given his aggressiveness pursuing loose balls and rebounds.” – Back in 2020