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At Providence, Gerard Coleman was a double-figure scorer in 30 minutes per game. Since coming to Gonzaga, he's hit the accelerator hard.
Coleman has struck for double-figure scoring in five of his first 12 games as a Bulldog. In those five, he's averaged less than 21 minutes a night, giving GU fans a clinic in what instant offense looks like. In other outings, however, he looks less like poetry in motion and more like gibberish in neutral.
“He tried to make something happen every time he touched it,” coach Mark Few told the Seattle Times after Coleman coughed up three turnovers in six minutes against West Virginia. Coleman suffered through a similarly rough night against Washington State three weeks prior.
In his two seasons at Providence, Coleman was a 42 percent shooter from the floor. At Gonzaga, he's found a groove more often than not, making nearly 55 percent in the early days of this season.
Former Zags assistant Ray Giacoletti—now head coach at Drake—helped recruit Coleman to Spokane, and he says the reason the school pursued the player is obvious.
“He’s a slasher, finisher and a runner in transition—I mean, an elite guy that way,” Giacoletti told the Times.
Coleman helped bail his team out when Kevin Pangos got off to a slow start against New Mexico State, draining 10-of-19 for 21 points. He's struggled since then, but just wait. Another explosion is just around the corner.