Monday, January 9, 2017

Don Coleman does it again, this time scoring 12 points in 22 minutes to help spark a California road win at #25 USC




After making two free throws to give California a 74-73 lead with seconds remaining and preserving the Bears' road win at #25 USC with a game saving block on the final play, future NBA lottery pick Ivan Rabb had this to say to end his post game interview about sophomore teammate Don Coleman, the much loved Augusta native and all time leading scorer at Butler High School:

"Don. He didn't play so much at the beginning of the year. But he kept his head down. He continued to work. He has the heart of a lion. He competes. He can score the basketball. But at the end of the day he competes. So there will always be space for someone like him on the floor."

Before Rabb was finished with his interview, Coleman, who scored 12 points off the bench in the game, had "gone live" on Facebook in California's locker room. It was there, in that virtual Facebook live stream, where many of Don's family members, his closest friends, and his biggest fans celebrated with Coleman and the Bears.

The comments and congratulations for Coleman were sincere:

"Way to go my boy!"

"I see you bro. Put on for the city!"

"Glad to see your hard work pay off young man."

Don has always had an open line of communication with everybody he comes into contact with through the game of basketball. He expresses his emotions honestly and openly. The ups and the downs. The joy and the sorrow. I believe that is why we love him so much. And why we are so happy to watch him succeed.

After a couple minutes he turned off the live stream, which was captioned "Big Win!!!"

He came back to Facebook to post another short message minutes later:

"THANK GOD"

If you haven't already listened to it, check out his interview with his brother Dhrmaine Bradley, which was recorded Saturday, after the game at UCLA when he scored 15 points in 22 minutes and nearly completed a Cal comeback from 24 down against the nation's #4 team. He shared so much in this interview. It was a joy to listen to the two brothers talk about the things that are so important right now in Don's life:

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