The Texas A&M basketball team has not had a promising start to the year. The Aggies kicked off the preseason with a victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. That said, it was a four-point win against the Javelinas, which will not inspire confidence.
The Aggies’ second win of the year would not be any more impressive. Texas A&M faced North Florida, who won just eight games last season. The Ospreys lost 15 games on the year, marking one of the worst overall records in college basketball last year. This is the team that A&M struggled against, leading by just four points at halftime. They’d pull away at the end, winning by 18 points.
And despite a draggy start, this game had its silver linings.
Duke transfer and current Texas A&M basketball player Henry Coleman III looked like a superstar in the making
Sure, Texas A&M didn’t have the greatest game as a whole. Still, Buzz Williams’s team managed to leave us with a few positive takeaways.
The biggest one was in regards to a Duke transfer in Henry Coleman.
Coleman was a top-55 prospect in the 2020 class. When I say top-55, I mean that he was the 55th-ranked prospect and given four stars by 247Sports. The 6-8, 240-pound combo forward is strong enough to play at the three and the four.
On Wednesday night, he showed off some of this versatility. Coleman was extremely dominant inside of the three-point line, knocking down all of his shots within the arch. The new Aggie was active offensively, scoring 19 points in the first half alone. Coleman knocked down 10 of his 17 shots on the night.
He wasn’t slacking on the defensive end either, recording a steal and a block to add to his 27-point offensive performance. He proved that he can use his physicality in a great way for Buzz Williams defensively and will likely be the cornerstone for this team on both ends of the court.
Coleman’s emergence is huge for this team. With lots of turnover on the roster, finding a go-to player early will go a long way as the season progresses. It’s a rebuilding year, but Williams cannot find success soon enough.