Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart Talks Matt Coleman’s Role

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Texas head coach Shaka Smart spoke Tuesday at Big-12 Media Day about the role of freshman point guard Matt Coleman on this year’s team.

“It makes it easier for him because he doesn’t want to shoot as his first option,” said Smart about Coleman’s impact on his teammates. “He will shoot. He shot the ball pretty well from outside, but the first thing he wants to do is get other guys involved and it’s so powerful to have someone like that. Between him and Dylan [Osetkowski], those guys can create offense for teammates and for people around them and we just didn’t have that last year.”

Attending high school at Oak Hill (VA) Academy, Coleman was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 51 overall player in the Class of 2017 and the No. 3 player from the state of Virginia.

“I think guys are starting to recognize and learn the value of playing with Matt and that will get even more powerful as he gets his feet under him,” said Smart. “Right now in practice, those other guards, they go at him when they’re playing against him because he came in as the guy that everyone anointed as our point guard, but he’s handled it very well.”

Texas big man Mohamed Bamba spoke Tuesday about his relationship with junior forward Dylan Osetkowski.

“I don’t know how it worked last year with the freshman,” said Bamba. “You kind of saw it last year with guys like Andrew [Jones] and Dylan [Osetkowski], [who] were big on letting the freshman having a voice.”

“Truth be told, they’re going to rely on guys like me and Matt [Coleman]. Guys like Jericho Sims and Jase [Febres], are expected to provide a spark for us.”

For more articles from Big-12 Media Day, click here.

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