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NC A&T Men's Basketball BIO
23 Thomas Coleman

Has established himself as the best shot blocker in the MEAC...Those accolades earned preseason second-team All-MEAC honors...Broke the school record for blocked shots on Dec. 13, 2009 at Northwestern when he blocked John Shurna...Coleman bulked up during the off-season, and looks to add more physicality to his play...Coleman has led the MEAC in blocked shots the past two seasons...Coleman can play with his back to the basket, and over the years he has developed the ability to face the basket...Head coach Jerry Eaves calls Coleman's play in 2010-11 key to whether the Aggies can be successful...Coleman is excellent at running the floor, rebounding and controlling the paint defensively...Needs just 242 points to reach  the 1,000-point plateau...If he reaches the milestone, he will be the 26th player in school history to do so...Over his career, he has grabbed 634 rebounds, which is eighth all-time in school history...He is No. 1 on the blocked shots list with 213...Coleman is also a .593 shooter from the field...If his shooting percentage remains above .580, he will become the best field goal shooter in school history...Over his career, he has also recorded 13 double-doubles...Has led the Aggies in rebounding 44 times, in blocked shots 72 times and in scoring 11 times over his career...Had an excellent freshman campaign in which he earned a spot on the MEAC's All-Rookie team...Coleman signed with N.C. A&T on May 8, 2007...He comes from the same hometown as Eaves - Louisville, Ky.

2009-2010 Season: Played in 32 games with 26 starts...Averaged 9.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 27.1 minutes per game...Shot .543 from the field and .534 from the free throw line...Ranked 31st in the nation in blocked shots, and was No. 1 in the MEAC...Ranked third in the MEAC in rebounding and field goal percentage...Posted a career-best 10 double-doubles on the season...Scored in double figures 17 times, and led the Aggies in scoring four times...Led the Aggies in rebounding 19 times...Led the Aggies in blocked shots 24 times...Scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots at Northwestern on Dec. 13...His third blocked shot made him the Aggies all-time leading shot blocker as he broke Jimmy Humphries' record...Posted 11 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in a win over Brevard College on Nov. 13...Had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks on 8-for-10 shooting at Florida A&M on Jan. 9...Scored 16 points and secured 10 rebounds on 7-for-11 shooting against Hampton on Jan. 18...Scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, including a career-high eight offensive rebounds at Coppin State on Feb. 27...Grabbed 14 rebounds and had nine points in an MEAC Tournament win over Howard on March 9.

High School Career: Played four years of varsity basketball at Jeffersontown High School under Jeff Marrow...Was a two-time All-State performer in Kentucky as a junior and senior...Was also a three-time all-conference performer...Led Jeffersontown to its best record in school history with a 32-3 record as a senior...Also led Jeffersontown to a state championship in 2006...In the championship game, he was named game MVP...Averaged 13.2 points and 10.6 rebounds a senior. He was a second-team All-State selection by The Courier-Journal...Was selected to play in the Anthem Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Game.

Personal: Full name is Thomas Marcellous Coleman...He is the son of Jackie Armstrong and Thomas White...Has five siblings, Teshawn, Thomisha, Jauantez, Jaquan and Jacob...His nickname is T.J...Coleman's major is psychology and he was born on March 20, 1989.

Position: Center/Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Jeffersontown
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