Aubrey Coleman Leads All-Star Team to Win during NCAA Final Four Weekend
April 5, 2010
Playing before a crowd of 10,103, Coleman came off the bench to hit 5-of-10 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, with five rebounds, an assist and steal in only 16 minutes.
Former Purdue head coach Gene Keady, who led the Reese's All-Stars, saw his team trail 58-57 at the half but had balanced scoring with six players reaching double digits. In addition to Coleman, Dominic Calegari of UC Davis added 13 points, while Wisconsin's Tre'von Hughes and Jerome Randle of California scored 12 points Tyren Johnson of Louisiana-Lafayette and Bryan Davis of Texas A&M each posted 11 points.
Marquette's Lazar Hayward topped all scorers with 23 points, and Rodney Green of LaSalle scored 18. Vanderbilt's Jermaine Beal added 17 points, and Gerald Lee of Old Dominion scored 12 for Coach Bill Hodges' Hershey's All-Stars.
The game, conducted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, is played annually during the NCAA Final Four. Cal's Randle, who had seven assists, was selected as the most outstanding player for Reese's, while Marquette's Hayward earned most outstanding player honors for Hershey's.
This season, Coleman led the Cougars, Conference USA and the nation with 25.6 points per game and is poised to become the first national scoring champion in school history.
He posted nine 30-point games in 2009-10, including a career-high-tying 38-point effort at Tulane on March 6 during the regular-season finale, and tied for fourth in Houston history with 12 30-point games during his career.
He ranks 11th on the school's career scoring chart with 1,516 points in only 67 games and became the greatest two-year scorer in Houston history
Although known for his offensive prowess, Coleman also was a leader on the defensive side of the court. He led the league and ranked sixth in the country with 2.6 steals per game and topped the Cougars with 7.4 rebounds per game, good enough to rank eighth in the league.
Coleman became the first Cougar to be named to back-to-back All-Conference USA First Teams since guard Robert McKiver accomplished the feat in 2006-07 and 2007-08.