Coleman, Edwards proving to be elite

Coleman, Edwards proving to be elite

Purdue maintains a steady recruitment of two top Indianapolis guards, Hyron Edwards and Jalen Coleman. Boiler Sports Report offers an update on their recruitments.

On the court, Hyron Edwards is all focus. The 165-pound point guard runs like a bull when charging down the court. Nothing can get in his way.

Once the clock hits zeroes, Edwards is just a kid having fun. After shaking hands with the opposing team on Saturday night, he and Indiana Elite teammate Jalen Coleman exchanged a high-fives and hugs, then they both split to their postgame interviews.

As reporters asked questions, Edwards' teammates made faces in the background causing him to laugh. That may be the only way you can break his focus.

"These guys are great," said Edwards, who led his team to the 16U title at Spiece this weekend. We're just having fun."

Edwards and his Indiana Elite team rolled this weekend in Fort Wayne, proving to be by far the best 16U team in the field. That can largely be credited to the squad's dynamic duo of Edwards and Coleman.

Both Edwards and Coleman have received interest from all across the Big Ten, and both have offers from the Purdue. The two play freely and with an excitement that's palpable.

"I'm playing pretty well," Coleman said to Scout.com reporter Anna Hickey. "... I'm just excited to be out here competing with the best players."

Added Edwards of his highly-touted teammate: "It's great playing with the guy. We've been really gelling for two years. These guys are great."

Edwards' list of offers includes Purdue plus Illinois and Indiana, among others. Coleman holds offers from those three schools, plus Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Xavier.

"That's a blessing," said Edwards with a big smile.

Purdue has maintained a steady pursuit of Edwards, with head coach Matt Painter visiting with the Indianapolis standout frequently. The Boilermakers do have a few others helping to recruit the standout guard.

E'Twaun Moore and Kawann Short, they're two of my buddies," said Edwards. "We're from the same town of East Chicago. It's great being friends with them."

While Edwards' recruitment is moving quickly, Coleman is taking his time. He has upcoming visits set with Michigan and Michigan State, and Notre Dame has recently begun bringing strong interest, too.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Coleman said. "I probably won't decide until my senior year. Right now, I want to improve my versatility, strength, and point guard skills."

College coaches will continue to follow the Indiana Elite squad very closely, and scout its dynamic duo. They're be having fun along the way, both on and off the court.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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