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Gerard Coleman averaged 13.2 points per game in for Providence in the Big East, arguably the best conference in college basketball at the time, two years ago.
I would venture to guess that he did not transfer to Gonzaga to play just 12.8 minutes per game off the bench.
There is no doubt that Coleman is a game changer when he is on the floor. His incredible athleticism can be shocking to opposing defenses, and his ability to get to the basket and finish with consistency adds an element to Gonzaga’s offense.
The issue with Coleman this season has been his inability to mesh with his teammates and run the offense efficiently.
Each time Coleman receives the ball on offense, his first instinct is to take the ball to the basket. This is great when he scores, but when he does not, it is detrimental to the team’s ability to run a smooth offense to find high percentage shots.
If Coleman wants to find more minutes this season, he would do well to find his teammates shots and be a source of energy off the bench in terms of rebounding, winning loose balls and showing off his athleticism in transition.
If he cannot get out of the habit of forcing the ball to the basket without running the team’s offense, I do not know why Mark Few would look to give him more minutes.