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Justin Coleman to join Arizona staff as graduate assistant

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Turns out Justin Coleman’s time with the Arizona Wildcats is going to last a little longer.

Coleman announced on Instagram Tuesday that he had accepted as position as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball team. In doing so, he also announced that he was going to “hang up my shoes” and retire from playing.

Coleman averaged 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 2018-19 for Arizona, his lone year with the team. The graduate transfer began his career at Alabama, where he played from 2014-16, followed by a year at Samford in 2017-18.

Currently pursuing a graduate degree, Coleman wrote that he plans to work in real estate and start his own business and “be the best coach I can possibly be.

“I’ve given so much to the game of basketball and now it’s time to repay that knowledge to someone else,” Coleman wrote.