Former Gopher Coleman lands at St. Mary's

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Joe Coleman was a former Minnesota Mr. Basketball who decided to stay in state and play for Tubby Smith. The future was bright for the Golden Gopher as he developed as a sophomore and averaged 8.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals while starting 32 games last season.
But then Smith was fired, Richard Pitino was hired and Coleman decided he wanted out. He left the Golden Gophers program in May.
On Monday, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Coleman, announced he would transfer to St. Mary's. He will sit out next season but has two years of eligibility remaining.
"It came down to the fact that coach (Randy) Bennett has been able to develop guards and also that they have playing time available," Coleman told ESPN.com. "When coach (Tubby) Smith left (Minnesota), I decided I wanted to go somewhere that I could expand my game."
Coleman visited Creighton and also had been in contact with Oregon, Gonzaga and Boston College among others.