Ann Arbor Prep’s Coleman Street III started the fourth quarter on Tuesday night the same way he ended the third quarter – with a sweet jumper in the lane that hit nothing but net. The senior then hit a triple from practically the front row of the bleachers early in the fourth quarter to send a message and send the Gators on their way to a 55-44 win over host Father Gabriel Richard.
The message? To win it all.
Heading into his senior year Street has only one goal for his talented Gators this season. “We want to get to the Breslin Center and win the Division 3 state championship,” he said.
Street is clearly one of the go-to options on the floor for the Gators. He can shoot the ball from almost anywhere on the court but slashing and dashing to the basket is where he really stands out.
“When I get the ball I like to attack,” he says. “I also like to get my teammates involved because we have a lot of good players on the team this year. I also take pride in playing good defense.”
Street attended Skyline his freshman year before transferring to Arbor Prep before his sophomore season. This is his third year as a starter on varsity for the Gators and he says his game has improved each season.
“I’ve worked hard on my athleticism and just becoming a better all-around player,” he says.
Street has enjoyed his time at Arbor Prep and is looking forward to a big senior year on and off the court.
“I really like Arbor Prep,” he said. “I like my coach and my teammates. I also like the academics at the school and that’s important to me because I want to go to college.”
Before he turns his attention to college, Street’s focus is on the Gators and riding that road to the Breslin Center.
“We have to continue to get better, hit our open shots and play better defense,” says Street. “But I think we have the pieces this year to go all the way.”
Arbor prep coach RaRedding Murray is in his first year with the Gators and inherited a talented roster, including Street.
“He’s super focused,” Murray said. “Once he gets on a roll it’s tough to stop him. He’s an excellent shooter who plays with a lot of energy. He also has a high IQ. But more than anything, he’s put in a lot of work. He worked really hard in the off season and we’re already starting to see that pay off.”
Street averaged around 20 points per game last year as a junior.
“He can score there is no doubt about that,” Murray said. “I think this year he is focusing more on his defense and has looked good there.”