Jalen Coleman-Lands started his career at Illinois way back in the 2015-16 season and played 2 seasons for the Fighting Illini, but when the Head Coach who recruited him John Groce was fired in 2017, he transferred and ended up at DePaul. 3 seasons ago he sat out due to transfer rules and in 2018-19, he was limited to 9 games due to injury, leaving him open for a waiver. In March, Coleman-Lands was granted a 6th year of eligibility, and soon after entered the transfer Portal, throughout his career he’s been a solid shooter who, a good free-throw shooter and an overall good addition to any squad. While he’s not a game-changing transfer, he can be a solid piece for a good team.
Now let’s look at his final 5 and make a guess where he’s headed.
Michigan: The Wolverines could use good news, after being heavy favorites for Joshua Christopher and he ended up committing to Arizona State. The very next day Isaiah Todd leaves and goes to the G-League, Isaiah Livers is still testing the NBA Draft waters. Colin Castelton, Cole Bajema, and David DeJulius all transferred out. While they still have a good recruiting class with Zeb Jackson, Hunter Dickinson, Terrance Williams, Jace Howard (Juwan’s son), and Columbia transfer Mike Smith. If Coleman-Lands ends up in Ann Arbor it’s hard to see a world where he doesn’t start, I have a hard time believe Coach Howard really wants to start 2 small guards in Mike Smith, Eli Brooks and the 1 and 2, I envision Smith coming off the bench, more than likely just to have some extra size.
USC: Andy Enfield has been all over the transfer market this season, adding Joshua Morgan Long Beach State transfer (Sitting Out), Isaiah White Utah Valley (Grad Transfer), Chevez Goodwin Wofford (Grad Transfer), Tajh Eaddy Santa Clara (Grad Transfer). With the team losing Jonah Matthews, Onyeka Okongwu, Nick Rakocevic, Elijah Weaver, Daniel Utomi, and Quinton Adlesh, they had plenty of spots to fill out. USC has the #3 recruit, according to 247sports in Evan Mobley, who is also headed to Southern California. Coleman-Lands will definitely find a nice role for USC if that’s where he opts to go.
Iowa State: Coach Steve Prohm has a lot of spots to fill and they’ve been on seemingly every transfers list. They’ve already added Tyler Harris from Memphis, adding him to returning guys like Tre Jackson, George Conditt IV, Solomon Young, and Rasir Bolton. They also have 4 recruits coming in but that leaves 4 spots not filled, and I’m sure Prohm would like them to be filled. It’s hard to imagine Coleman-Lands wanting to go to a rebuilding program in his final season, but for his NBA Draft Stock, this could be his best spot.
California: I spoke the other day in a story when talking about teams who could look at Ismael Massoud, saying how Mark Fox has made Berkeley an enticing spot for any players, including transfers. I see the Golden Bears ceiling as a bubble team on the way outside looking in, somewhere around the next four out area. Coleman-Lands will definitely start if he heads to Cal but I don’t see this as a likely option at all.
NC State: I’m not surprised to see the Wolfpack after Coleman-Lands, but with Devon Daniels, Braxton Beverly, Thomas Allen (Nebraska Transfer) who sat out 2019-20, they already have 3 guards. They also have two Top-120 players who are guards coming in. This fit just doesn’t make sense to me at all. I would highly doubt he’s seriously considering NC State.
It makes too much since they don’t have a true 2-guard who’s experienced. It doesn’t make much sense to start Eli Brooks and Mike Smith together. There are 3 teams on this list that make absolutely no sense for what I feel like Coleman-Lands is looking for. The only two that make sense to me are Michigan and USC, ultimately I think he’s headed to Ann Arbor.