This is the fifth part in a six part series that dives into the strengths and weaknesses of all six members of Duke’s 2020 freshman class. In case you missed my previous breakdowns, they are right here. In this player breakdown, I’ll be taking a closer look at four star power forward Henry Coleman.
I see Henry Coleman as a guy that will be a key glue guy right off the bat for the Blue Devils. He provides Duke with toughness, intensity, and strong defense. Even if he isn’t counted on as a scorer right away, I still expect him to be very important for Duke next season. Currently, Coleman is listed at 6’8” 240 lbs., so he’s a beast physically. That will allow him to play at both the four and the five, giving Duke some interesting lineup possibilities. I would love to see a lineup with Henry Coleman at the five. Defensively, Coleman should be a stud. He plays hard, with energy, and he uses his athleticism to impact the game on that end. Here’s an example in which Coleman impressively blocks a shot.
On the offensive end, Coleman isn’t as dynamic. However, he can still impact the game on that end with his offensive rebounding, screening, and some scoring ability. Here’s an example of Coleman’s offensive rebounding ability, where he should be an absolute beast at the college level. He uses his strength to overpower the defense for the rebound, and finish the layup in traffic.
Coleman is also a capable scorer out of the post. In this clip, Coleman performs an impressive drop step in the post before quickly exploding off the floor for a finish at the rim.
The main area where Coleman needs to improve is as a shooter. He struggles both from three and from the free throw line, so improvement in this area is the next stage in his development. Beyond that, he also has room for improvement as a ball handler, and just improving his perimeter offensive game in general. This clip highlights his free throw shooting struggles as he misses two free throws in a row.
Overall, Coleman is a high energy player that will bring a lot of winning traits to the Blue Devils next season. He’s a good leader, a tough defender, and a high energy guy. I see him spending three or four years at Duke before potentially becoming an NBA draft pick.
That wraps up this Duke freshman breakdown, next up is DJ Steward.
Make sure to follow me on twitter @OTHDuke for more great Duke content!