Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Top 20 Departing #12: Spencer Coleman

I am counting down the top 20 players that are departing the Big Sky via graduation, transfer, or any other way.

When Wayne Tinkle looked at the depth chart for next season, Spencer Coleman had to be have been a big part of it. During his junior year, his first in Montana, he got better and better as the season went along, and looked primed to be one of the key cogs in the Grizzlies' title defense.

Unfortunately, things didn't quite work out that way, as Coleman was dismissed from Montana this offseason.

Coleman was a versatile 6'6'' forward, someone who could play multiple positions for them on both ends of the court. He was tough enough and a good enough rebounder that he could play minutes at the four, and may even have started there this year. He was also a good enough shooter that he could probably give them minutes at the two in a pinch.

Offensively, Coleman did a little bit of everything. He shot 39% from downtown this year, 56% from two-point range, and 77% from the stripe. He was able to score in a multitude of ways, and didn't need the ball to be effective, which made him a great complementary player. His True Shooting % was a solid 60.5%.

He grabbed 15.3% of defensive rebounds, and 6.2% of offensive rebounds. Not great rates, but good enough to be a contributor on the glass. He was an average but willing passer. His ability to defend multiple spots was big for Montana last year, as they had a shortage of frontcourt depth.

After fighting a bit for minutes early last season, Coleman seemed to gain the trust of Tinkle as things went along. Hopefully his story will be a cautionary one for other Big Sky players - make good decisions off the court, or it won't matter what you do on the court.

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