The second installment of spotlight LSU Hoops is all about LSU's Shavon Coleman. Coleman is in his second season playing for the Tigers after starting his career at Howard College. While he started eight of LSU's contests, he is best known for being LSU's "sixth man" last season. The senior forward is listed at 6'5" 195 lbs, but was forced to play on the post last season due to a lack of depth. He will likely move to the shooting forward (3) spot for the upcoming season.
While Coleman was short playing the power forward last year, his frame will give him a size advantage over most playing his new position. Coleman did show the ability to step outside and make a jump shot and made 13 three pointers last season. He also shot over 70% from the free throw line, becoming one of LSU's most consistent shooters from the line late in the season. With the influx of new talent, expect Shavon's minutes to decrease, but he still will hold a very important role to this team.
While he did average over 10 points per game last season, his biggest contribution may be as the "point man" in Johnny Jones full court press. Jones continuously proclaimed his appreciation for Coleman's ability to force the inbounder to throw errant passes. This is due in part to his extremely long arms and to his quick reflexes. On offense, he is an opportunist. He seems to find the ball in places where he can put in easy shots, examples: Rebounding an air ball, receiving a pass after defender leaves to double team, hustling down court to layup a fast break, etc.
Shavon Coleman is a jack of all trades and will be able to do whatever he is asked to do by Coach Jones. He will play hard. Coleman will be an intricate part of the pressure package as well as a guy who will be able to score when needed. He scored 24 points in LSU's opening round SEC Tournament game last season, so you know he has the ability to score in bunches against SEC level competition, and as 1 of 2 seniors on the squad, he will be needed to bring his maturity to the court to help develop our young talents. Singlehandedly Increasing the Interest in LSU Basketball