There has only been one Aubrey to ever play in the NBA, Aubrey Davis in 1946-47.
Now, there will be two.
Aubrey Coleman may not be drafted, but he should be. Coleman has the work ethic, passion, and skills on both ends to make a roster.
Coleman averaged 25.6 PPG last season, leading the NCAA in scoring.
To get that point though, Coleman took an unconventional path. He was not a fan of organized basketball and had to hone his skills in junior college before heading to Houston.
He helped prove himself by leading the Cougars to an improbable NCAA Tourney bid. Coleman has a knack for finding the hoop and relentlessly attacks defenses.
Aubrey is not the greatest shooter, but also took an extremely high volume of shots for his team last season. Part of his problem is shot selection and a structured offense. Neither of those he had to worry about in college, that will change in the pros.
He is slightly undersized for the shooting guard position at 6'2 (he was listed 6'4 in college), yet averaged just under 8.0 RPG in his college career.
Coleman's ability to find the ball and take advantage of opportunities will aid him in his quest for the NBA. His three-point shooting lacks a bit, but improved last year. With enough work it can continue to prove.
On the defensive end, Coleman may be better than what he provides on offense. He is a more disciplined player on the defensive end, has solid length for a guard, and the speed to keep up with opponents.
Coleman averaged 2.7 SPG last season, and only 2.2 fouls in 36.9 minutes per game. He always plays with high intensity and a keen focus on shutting down the opposition.
With his defense and rebounding to accompany the explosive potential to score on offense, Coleman will surprise some.
Expect him to be taken in the late second round. He is the type of player a coach would love to take on as a project, and some time in the NBDL will continue to sharpen his developing skills.
Don't be surprised to see Aubrey Davis has another Aubrey to join him in the NBA record books.