GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller announced the signings of high school standouts C.J. Coleman (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and Lloyd Burgess (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) to national letters of intent Friday afternoon during the early signing period.
Coleman, a 6-3 guard, is a standout at Mt. Vernon High School for head coach Travis Daugherty and former coach Steve Lynch. He was named a prestigious Indiana All-Star his junior season when he averaged 19.6 points 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He helped the Marauders post a 24-2 overall record and a sectional championship.
Coleman led the Marauders to the semi-state level of the playoffs last season with a 70-49 victory over Frankfort in the Indiana Class 3A playoffs. He scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Marauders to victory, helping his team to the first sectional title since 1991.
Coleman played AAU Basketball for one of the top programs in the country, Spiece Indy Ice for coach LaSalle Thompson. He helped Spiece win the Adidas Invitational in July, posting a 6-0 record and winning the championship game by a 91-46 final over Team Loaded Virginia. He is the son of Shelley and Vic Coleman and is undecided on his major.
“We love C.J.’s versatility as a guard,” head coach Wes Miller said. “He has a skill set that allows him to impact the game in many different ways. He shoots the ball extremely well from the perimeter and has a natural ability to score the ball as well as make plays for others. He has the physical ability to guard multiple perimeter positions and his natural feel and basketball IQ are underrated qualities that jumped off the page to us during his recruiting.”
Burgess, a 6-11 and 270-pound center plays at Christ School in Asheville for head coach David Gaines. He averaged 4.5 points for Christ School as a junior, in his first season as a starter. The 6-11 center will be the tallest player on the Spartans’ roster next season.
Burgess played AAU Basketball for Sixth Man AAU for coach Keith Richard and Team United for Ced Canty. He plans to major in kinesiology with an emphasis in physical therapy. He is the son of Rogi and Frank Burgess.
“Lloyd brings a combination of size, strength and athleticism that we haven’t yet had in our program,” Miller said. “We love his ability to move his feet, catch and finish and score the ball with his back to the basket. Defensively, he can impact the game as a shot blocker and a presence at the rim. The Improvement he has made to his game over his high school career, speaks volumes about his work ethic and character.”
Coleman and Burgess will join the Spartans in the 2014-15 season and marks the second full recruiting class under Miller’s tutelage.
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