By Paul Sykes
Get ready for Justin Coleman, Louisville basketball fans.
The Cardinal signee was easily the most popular player Friday at the Bellarmine University gymnasium for the two-on-two, three-point shooting and slam-dunk contests.
Coleman didn’t disappoint, getting to the finals of the two-on-two with with future U of L teammate Russ Smith, dazzling the crowd with his dunks, three-point shooting and open court maneuvering.
He also qualified for the upcoming finals of the dunk contest Saturday and narrowly missed making it to the finals of the three-point contest.
Elisha Justice was teamed up with U of L recruit Gorgei Dieng in the two-on-two. Dieng brought the crowd to its feet with a rim-rattling dunk early in the contest. Justice showed his shooting stroke from outside but didn’t qualify for the three-point finals.
Coleman worked the crowd all evening, showing why he’ll compete for time at the wing for U of L next season with his skills and hard work. Should be fun to watch Saturday in the Derby Classic. Smith has a decent range jumper and played well with Coleman in the two-on-two competition.
Game time is 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall.