Eric Coleman has signed on to play for the Cedar Valley CourtKings. The 6′ 7″ former UNI Panther will join the team this week and play his first game Sunday night when the MBL West division leaders play host to the Lincoln Lions in a 7:30pm tipoff at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo. While at UNI Coleman was named the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2004-05. He also led the MVC in rebounding in back to back seasons, 2006-07 and 2007-08. Eric scored 1,522 points and grabbed 997 rebounds for the Purple and Gold during his collegiate career.
Coleman has spent the past 8+ years playing professionally overseas. He has played in Germany, France, Poland, Ukraine,Africa and Angola. Listed below are some of his achievements over the past 8 seasons. “I am really excited to have a pro player of Eric Colemans caliber play for our team,’ exclaimed CourtKings Owner/GM Gary Rima. “With the knee injury suffered by our 6′ 8″ center Johnny Jackson we had to find another inside player and to get Eric is just a blessing. I tried to get Eric to play for us last season but it just didn’t work out. We really need him now more than ever and I couldn’t be happier that he has agreed to play. We have an outstanding group of guys and I am pleased with our 3-0 start and now I feel like we got even better with the addition of Eric Coleman!”
You can get your first look at Eric Coleman this Sunday night when the CourtKings host Lincoln. After this Sunday nights home game the CourtKings play 5 of their next 6 games on the road.
This Sunday night is a “College Night” special. All college students who show their ID at the door get in for just $5.
ERIC COLEMAN 6′ 7″ CENTER BIO
Played the 2nd half of the 2015-2016 season in France(Pro B) with Denain.
Played the 2014-2015 season in Angola with Libola and led the Club to the championship in both the African Championships and the Angolan Cup
Played the 2013-2014 season in Angola with Libola and led the club to the league championship
Played the 2nd half of the 2012-2013 season in Germany(BBL) with Ludwigsburg where he averaged 11 points, 6.4 rebounds(8th in league), and 1 assist in 21.8 minutes per game while shooting 61.8% from the field and 71.8% from the free throw line
Ranked in the top 10 in the German(BBL) in rebounding and field goal percentage!
Played the 2011-2012 season in Ukraine with Hoverla where he averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds(10th in league), 1.8 assists, and 1 blocked shot in 26.1 minutes per game while shooting 55.1% from the field and 58.2% from the free throw line
Ranked in the top 10 in the Ukraine Superleague league in rebounding!
In 5 EuroChallenge game averaged 11.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 30.6 minutes per game while shooting 52.5% from the field and 57.7% from the free throw line
Played the 2010-2011 season in the Ukraine with Hoverla where he averaged 13.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 blocked shots in 25.1 minutes per game while shooting 60.6% from the field and 67% from the free throw line and helped lead club to the league semifinals
Named 1st team All Ukraine Superleague for the 2010-2011 season by isport.ua a leading sports website
Named Ukraine Superleague Player of the Month in February
Played in the the 2011 Ukraine Superleague All Star Game where he was selected as a starter
Played the 2009-2010 season in Spain(LEB Gold) with Breoganwhere he averaged 14 points(14th in league), 7.8 rebounds(7th in league), 1 blocked shot(3rd in league), and 1 assist in 27.6 minutes per game while shooting 55.7% from the field and 60.3% from the free throw line
Ranked among the league leaders in scoring(14th), rebounding(7th), efficiency rating(9th) and blocked shots(3rd)
Named to the Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention Team for the 2009-2010 season
Played the 2008-2009 season in Poland for Polfarma Starogard where he is averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds(10th in league), and 1.2 blocked shots(3rd in league) in 22.7 minutes per game while shooting 61.6% from two point range(7th in league)
Ranked among the league leaders in efficiency rating, rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocked shots
Scored 1,522 points and 997 rebounds during his career at Nothern Iowa and led team to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2006
Led Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding back to back season(2006-2007 and 2007-2008)
As a senior in 2007-2008 averaged 12.3 points, 8.8 rebounds(1st in MVC),2.0 assists, and 1.3 blocked shots in 23.8 minutes per game while shooting 55.1% from the field and 64.9% from the free throw line
Named 2nd team All Missouri Valley Conference for the 2007-2008 season
As a junior in 2006-2007 averaged 13.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.0 blocked shots in 28.5 minutes per game while shooting 53.7% from the field and 60.9% from the free throw line
Named 2nd team All Missouri Valley Conference for the 2005-2006 season
As a sophomore in 2005-2006 averaged 11.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 27.8 minutes per game while shooting 57.8% from the field and 58% form the free throw line
Named Honorable Mention All Missouri Valley Conference for the 2005-2006 season
As a freshman in 2004-2005 averaged 10.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 24.4 minutes per game while shooting 57.3% from the field and 47.7% from the free throw line
Named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and All Newcomer team for the 2004-2005 season