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Samford grad transfer PG Justin Coleman sets official visit to Arizona

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Things are starting to get serious between Arizona and the Samford point guard

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Samford Bulldogs graduate transfer Justin Coleman will officially visit the Arizona Wildcats next Wednesday, according to Corey Evans of

Evans reports Coleman is scheduled to visit SMU this weekend, and it was reported last week that Texas Southern, UAB, St. Louis, Auburn, Marquette, Ohio State, and Northern Kentucky are also finalists for him.

The 5-foot-10 point guard averaged 13.5 points and 6.6 assists this season at Sanford. The Birmingham, Alabama native shot 44 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3, and 81 percent from the free-throw line.

Coleman has one year of eligibility left and can play immediately.

Coleman posted 2.4 assists for every turnover as a junior. He was a top-100 recruit out of high school and signed with Alabama where he spent two seasons before transferring to Samford.

“Even going back to his time in high school, you could definitely see that he’s an explosive playmaker and that he can get downhill, get in the paint and either create for himself, or set up an easy basket for others,” Samford coach Scott Padgett said. “He has a great work-ethic and love for the game. He also competes on every play and wants to win. Those are the things that definitely draw your attention as a coach.”

Arizona’s point guard options are thinning with James Akinjo committing to Georgetown, and Coleman is one of the best remaining players at the position on the market.

The Wildcats desperately need to add a point guard this offseason since sparsely-used freshman Alex Barcello is their only returning player at that position.

Arizona is also continuing to pursue its former commit Brandon Williams, who recently trimmed his list of finalists to Arizona, Oregon, and Gonzaga (possibly in that order).

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