Two-sport Tiger Coleman commits to hoops at Maryville

JeKobe Coleman has made his decision. Fayette County High’s two-sport star has settled on a sport and a location to ply his trade at the next level, committing to play basketball for the Maryville College Scots. 

Coleman capped his FCHS career off as one of the most decorated Tiger basketball players. Considered one of the best pure shooters in the state, he helped lead Fayette to a state runner-up finish as a junior, and this year he garnered All-County and All-State recognition, scoring 18.1 points and dishing out 3.2 assists a game. Along the way, he also topped 1,000 career points. 

Next up is helping the Scots keep growing. Maryville finished the season 9-17 overall, and that was pulled down by an 0-9 start. Coleman is excited to help the team build.

“Ever since I got the offer, Coach (Raul) Placeres has been keeping in touch with me. We would have good conversations, and he would send me many things about Maryville and how I would be a perfect fit in the program,” Coleman said. “Although I wasn’t able to take a visit due to the virus, the over the phone conversations made me feel at home.”

When he says hello to Maryville hoops, Coleman will be saying goodbye to the gridiron. The dual-threat quarterback earned All-County Second Team honors this year despite missing several games due to injury, throwing for 1,159 yards and accumulating 15 total touchdowns. 

“I will miss football dearly. I started playing football at 6 and basketball at 9,” he said. “All my life I have been playing both sports and never got to really focus on one. I have a long way to go, and developing my game further in basketball I feel will be the best choice for me.”

Coleman plans to major in sports medicine with a longterm goal to become a physical therapist. 

“My parents told me to always have a plan B because at some point the ball is going to stop bouncing.”

JeKobe Coleman, who earned All-County and All-State honors, will play for Maryville College.
(Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

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