Homegoing service Saturday for Terrell Coleman
Ken Watts | 11/1/2013, 6 a.m.
LITHONIA Miller Grove High small forward Terrell Coleman was a phenomenal basketball player and an even better person. So his sudden death after playing in an Oct. 27 game hit his family, teammates and other students hard.
Coach Sharman White said he was “a remarkable young man” who was absolutely passionate about basketball.
“He made it his business to live the game he loved,” White said. “He was just oozing with talent and was a consistently hard worker, and he was an even better person than he was a player.”
The 15-year-old freshman phenom, who was a top college prospect, was playing in an Atlanta Celtics Amateur Athletic Union all-star game at Action Sports Academy on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain when he stepped away to sit on the bench. AAU coach Chris Anderson said that shortly after that, he suffered seizures and did not respond to CPR administered by his father, William, and two nurses.
The exact cause of death is not known.
Terrell’s mother, Rashones Coleman, told WSB-TV she has received a tremendous amount of support from the Miller Grove community.
“I know my Lord and Savior has a better purpose for him, but you know I’m strong as his mother and I’m holding on because I can remember the smile – his smile keeps me strong. He would want everyone to be happy, and he would want everyone to be strong, especially the Miller Grove basketball team.”
His homegoing service takes place on Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.
His coaches said that even though doctors had diagnosed him with a heart murmur, Terrell, who was 6 feet 5 and 205 pounds, was cleared to play in the league where he has established a reputation as a good shooter and excellent rebounder.
Scouts from Florida State University were scheduled to watch Terrell work out on Oct. 28.
Basketball recruiting Web site Future150.com had ranked him 13th in the nation for the 2017 recruiting class and had projected that he would end up at a high-major college as a shooting guard.
White recalled the “amazing effect” that Terrell had on the school.
“He was the kind of guy who lit up a room when he walked into it with that infectious smile,” he said. “He spoke to everyone – students, teachers, cafeteria workers, police officers. He was friends with everyone.”