Coleman shooting out of the funk

Devin Coleman

CLEMSON - Devin Coleman went over two months between made field goals.

The freshman from Philadelphia, Pa. started his Clemson career 2-of-23 from the field, which included a nine-game stretch that saw him miss 13 consecutive shots.

Even as the bricks began to pile up, there was still plenty of positive reinforcement.

"Everybody was telling me to keep my head up, to keep shooting if it was a good shot," Coleman said. "That's what I did. You just have to shoot yourself out of it."

That's exactly what's happened within the last week. Coleman, who scored nine points in each of the last two games, knocked down 4-of-5 shots in last Saturday's win over Wake Forest and hit 4-of-7 during Tuesday's win over Virginia.

That breakout game against Demon Deacons was just what the doctor ordered.

"That was it. That felt like that was what I needed," Coleman said. "It made me feel more confident. A lot of times, in games before when I was missing, I think I was a little hesitant to shoot, maybe if I was open.

"As soon as I hit one, it opened the basket up. My teammates are looking for me and telling me to keep shooting. That helps as well."

Among those teammates with encouraging words to Coleman is Andre Young.

"He's been playing really well. I think it's just a matter of a confidence kind of thing and him being comfortable," Young said. "I think he's getting a little more comfortable out there, kind of just learning when to take his shots. I think he's doing a better job with that."

Within the last couple of weeks, Brad Brownell noticed an improvement in Coleman's performance during practice.

"He's starting to do some things in games now that we've seen in practice," Brownell said. "He has a good ability to move off screens in our offense. It's taken him a while to figure things out on both ends of the court in terms of how we want to play.

"He just needed a couple of shots to go down to take the pressure off."

Coleman appreciates Brownell's continued trust.

"He stuck with me when I was missing shots, to keep shooting and try to keep my confidence high throughout the slump," Coleman said. "That goes a long way."

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