That is how Miller Grove High School head boys’ basketball coach Sharman White described Terrell Coleman, a freshman basketball player who died Oct. 27.
Coleman, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound small forward, died while playing a pickup game of basketball, according to White.
“I understand he went to the bench and then passed out,” he said. “They got EMS involved but never could get him back breathing. He died at the hospital.”
The cause of death is not yet known. White said he did not know whether Coleman had any health issues, and he was cleared to play this season without any restrictions.
A DeKalb County School District spokesman said a crisis intervention team was at the school Oct. 28 for staff and students. It was the same day the Miller Grove Wolverines were scheduled to have their first practice. White told his players at the hospital that they did not have to practice that day but the players said that Coleman would want them to practice.
“We came in [that] morning and we did practice,” he said. “It went better than I expected. It went really well.”
White said Coleman was a better person than he was a player.
“He had a glow about him,” he said. “He had a relationship with everyone from the custodians to the cafeteria workers to the teachers to the administrators and police officers. He spoke to everyone. He made a tremendous impact personality-wise.”
According to basketball recruiting website Future150.com, Coleman was ranked 13th in the nation for the 2017 recruiting class.
“Terrell is an explosive wing who excels when slashing to the basket and scoring against contact,” the website scout’s notes read. “He is also a physical defender who plays aggressive on-ball defense.”
Coleman also played for the Atlanta Celtics, a youth travel basketball league.
Condolences were given on the social media website Twitter for the standout basketball player.
“MGHS lost an angel today: Terrell Coleman. Condolences to the Coleman family and MGBB. May God comfort their mind and soothe their hearts,” @thegrovemg tweeted.
Chuck Lawson from 901PrepScoop.com tweeted “very sad news, RIP Terrell Coleman, a truly nice young man who I had an opportunity to be around a little bit. Pray for his family, everyone.”
White said the team will dedicate the season in honor of Coleman. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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