COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri men's basketball team added its second transfer guard in as many days, and its third in the past two weeks, with the addition of Ball State combo guard Jarron "Boogie" Coleman.
Coleman, listed at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, committed Saturday afternoon to the Tigers on Twitter. An Indianapolis native and graduate of Cathedral High School, Coleman was a 3-star prospect who redshirted at Ball State in 2018-19.
He was named the Mid-America Conference Freshman of the Year in 2019-20 after starting 25 games, and played most of his freshman season at point guard for the Cardinals, averaging 9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, raising those numbers to 10.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in conference play.
According to the Muncie (Ind.) Star Press, Coleman missed the first 10 games of the 2020-21 season after undergoing surgery to fix a broken bone in his foot. Coleman averaged 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the season when he returned, but scored 21 total points in his first four games back.
After his second start of the year, a Feb. 2 game against Buffalo, Coleman scored in double figures in eight of the final nine games of the season. Coleman capped his return by averaging 22 points in the final five games, including a career-high 33 points in an overtime loss to Toledo in the first round of the MAC Tournament March 11.
Coleman's size presents an interesting matchup at point guard if Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin elects to play him there.
But Coleman can also fill another need for the Tigers next season: 3-point shooting. Coleman was 25-of-77 from deep (32.5 percent) as a redshirt freshman but shot 31-of-73 (42.5 percent) last season.
Missouri currently has two open roster spots to fill after Kansas State transfer DaJuan Gordon committed to the Tigers on Friday and Wisconsin-Green Bay transfer Amari Davis signed Saturday after committing March 25.