MINNEAPOLIS At times last year, Gophers freshman Joe Coleman played like, well, a freshman.
Coleman, a standout guard at Hopkins High School, averaged 5.8 points per game along with 1.1 assists and 1.4 turnovers per game in his first year at Minnesota last season. He showed glimpses that he could be a scoring threat dropping 23 points against Penn State, for example but wasn't producing on a consistent basis.
Now a sophomore, Coleman has looked like a different player through two exhibition games. The key word, of course, is exhibition. Still, it's apparent that Coleman has taken his game to the next level.
"Once again, Joe Coleman came ready to play," Gophers head coach Tubby Smith said after Monday's 86-59 exhibition win over Southwest Baptist. "He's been the most consistent player in practice and he's showing it in the games."
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