New head basketball coach Matt McMahon has his first addition to the 2022 roster in Northwestern State transfer forward Kendal Coleman. After two years with the Demons, the 6-foot-8 post from Shreveport, Louisiana, is making his way down to Baton Rouge as McMahon looks to rebuild this team in his first few weeks on the job.
Coleman played over 15 minutes per game as a true freshman off the bench in 2020-21, while leading Northwestern State in rebounds at 6.5 per game on top of his 6.8 points. As a sophomore this past season, Coleman’s stats ballooned up to 15.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a full time starter who played at least 25 minutes in all but six games. His field goal percentage rose significantly as well, shooting 54.6 percent from the field and 40 blocks and 30 steals in 30 games.
Against LSU this year, Coleman scored 16 points with 13 rebounds in 33 minutes on 8-of-11 shooting. He also scored in double figures against Oklahoma (19), SMU (20), Texas A&M (12), Houston (11), and Baylor (12), perhaps showing he’s ready for the step up in competition.
His free throw percentage stayed below 60 percent, though, and he went 0-for-1 on 3-pointers for the season. Still, it at least gives McMahon a baseline for talent on his roster with all of the uncertainty swirling around his program as players enter the transfer portal seemingly every day.
To this point, the Tigers have seen Brandon Murray, Xavier Pinson, Shareef O’Neal enter the portal and we’ll continue to monitor if any more players join them. LSU has also lost the commitment and signatures of all four commits over the past two weeks. McMahon has a challenging job to rebuild the roster, but he at least made his first step forward on Monday afternoon.
“That’s the most important thing here,” McMahon said in his introductory press conference. “We’ve hit the ground running. Going to invest a lot of time with our players. I want people who want to be here. I want people who want to be a part of something special because that’s what we’re going to build here. We’re going to do things the right way, and we’re going to make sure we’re developing young men, not only on the court — I know everyone wants to play in the NBA. But the average career is three and a half years, so it’s going to be an all-encompassing program.”
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