By COLLIN BROOKS
At 6-foot-8 and a wingspan almost over seven feet, there is no doubt that David Crockett’s Brendan Coleman is growing.
The 17-year old decided to try and take one more year to grow as he has decided to attend Moravian Prep School in Hudson, North Carolina.
“I think this will help me accomplish one of my goals, which is playing Division I basketball,” Coleman said. “So this will help me get better as a player and an individual, so I can become a better man.”
The Prep route has become increasingly popular, as it allows players to focus on basketball and gives them an opportunity to improve their grades, if need be. It also doesn’t take away any college eligibility, like a junior college would.
“For five hours out of my day I will be playing basketball and working out,” Coleman said. “I’ll be able to play in front of a lot of college coaches.”
Coleman scored 700 points during his career at David Crockett, but really began to blossom towards the end of his senior season. A strong performance on the road at Oak Ridge, in which he scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, helped the Pioneers acquire their first trip to the state tournament in school history.
David Crockett coach John Good said that Coleman taking one more year to grow into his body is a good thing.
“He is a young kid and he will be 17 when school starts, so I think this will be good for him,” he said. “His best basketball is ahead of him and once he gets stronger and faster, and catches up with his body, he will be a dynamic player.”
Coleman had offers from a few NAIA schools and Division II schools.
Coleman became the third member of the Pioneer senior basketball team to take his talent to the next level.