Last month, Montana forward Spencer Coleman was arrested for DUI, which was his second alcohol-related offense within the past four months. I speculated that this probably wouldn't cause him to be dismissed from the team, it would at the very least warrant a lengthy suspension. Apparently, I was wrong - Coleman has been dismissed from the team.
While no reason was given for the dismissal, it seems fairly obvious to be able to read between the lines. The Grizzlies have been getting into an alarming amount of off-court trouble over the past year, and this should send a loud and clear message to the team.
Coleman averaged 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last year, and seemed to get better as the year went along and he got more comfortable. The Grizzlies will be thin in the frontcourt, and no doubt Coleman would have had a major part of the rotation.
There is no doubt that Coleman is a big loss. He was a good offensive player last year - he shot over 56% on two-pointers, and 39% from behind the arc. He was a solid rebounder, with a 15.3 DR%, which was second best on the team among the top eight guys. He was a well regarded junior college recruit heading into the year, and would have been an anchor upfront for the Grizzlies.
However, if I have learned anything covering the Big Sky, it is not to doubt Wayne Tinkle. On paper, it's tough to see how they will replace his production with the guys on the roster. But they always seem to find a way.
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