Updated: April 24, 2012 8:21AM
Valparaiso’s roster for next season has one too many players on it.
Bryce Drew brought in his second transfer this week, as former Hawaii guard Jordan Coleman committed to the Crusaders program. South Florida transfer Lavonte Dority also committed this week.
That gives VU 14 scholarship players, one above the NCAA limit. Drew can’t comment on recruits until they sign their letters of intent, so it’s uncertain who’ll be leaving the program.
Coleman is a 6-4 guard who averaged about 11 points and five assists for Southwestern Illinois Community College this past season. Hawaii changed coaches after he signed with the program, and he decided to stay his freshman year. But he only played eight total minutes in two games before leaving after the season. He’ll have immediate eligibility at Valparaiso. As of now, he’ll have two years of eligibility left, though Southwestern Illinois coach and athletic director Jay Harrington said Coleman could petition for a third year because he played so little at Hawaii.
Harrington — whose program has been a launching pad for many high Division I players — said Coleman can make an instant impact at VU.
“He was a scoring guard, but we didn’t have a point guard, so we turned him into a point guard,” Harrington said. “So now he’s a combo guard. He did a really good job leading our team. It’s a very unselfish team and we have a lot of very good players, so we share the ball a lot more than most people.”
Coleman, a native of Calabasas, Calif., also was being pursued by St. Mary’s, Pepperdine and Northern Colorado.
“I think he’ll fit in real good at Valpo,” Harrington said. “If you talk to Bryce about our program, he’d tell you we’re different than most junior colleges. We’re ranked in the top 100 academically in the United States, and we’ve been known to be pretty good. We’ve had a tradition of having really good kids and really good players. I knew Bryce’s dad and they know my program, they know I’m very disciplined and we run a lot of sets. We ran 74 sets this year. Most JUCOs don’t do that. We’re just a different breed of cat in JUCO land.”