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Compton Centennial's Anthony Coleman
Commits To Xavier--(May 13, 2000)

We got a call this afternoon from one of our most reliable sources who told us that Anthony Coleman (6'-10" Sr. F) from Compton Centennial has committed to Xavier University.   Coleman apparently made up his mind while on an official visit to Xaiver this weekend. 

Prior to visiting Xavier, Coleman told the Cinncinati Enquirer that he anticipated he might commit:  “If I like it there, I probably will commit.”  And we guess he liked it a lot because he will sign with the Musketeers either today or tomorrow before the May 15 deadline.

Coleman received interest from Miami (Fla.), Iowa State and Memphis, and took two other unofficial visits (Miami and Missouri) before deciding on Xavier.  

Coleman probably won't be an immediate impact player, but he has tremendous upside potential.  If he can bulk up a bit, he has the height, the agility and the ability to be able to shoot it out to three and can effectively block shots, and his skill level will get him to the point of eventually being an impact player.

Coleman averaged 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks this season for the Apaches, but in the scoring department he was not the main option on the Southern Secition Division III-AA runners up, and his team most often looked to Ellis Myles (6'-7" Sr. PF)--who has signed with Louisville-- for their inside scoring, opting to play Anthony as more of a face-up forward, who wound up setting a lot of screens for the guards and back picks to get Ellis open in the paint for the lob pass from point guard Eric Alvarez (5'-10" Sr. PG).   “He's just coming into his own,” Rod Palmer, the head coach at Centennial told the Enquirer. “He's just become a pretty decent basketball player. He's very athletic. He's sort of on the slim side. He jumps well, he shoots the ball well up to 3-point range and he's a good shot blocker. He runs the floor well, and he can finish.” 

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