"The kind of guy who lit up a room"
Ken Watts | 10/28/2013, 3:25 p.m.
A DeKalb Schools crisis intervention team offered grief counseling at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia Monday as students, faculty and staff mourned the loss of basketball standout Terrell Coleman.
Out of respect to the school, District spokesman Quinn Hudson had no comment except to confirm that 15-year old freshman died on Sunday afternoon Oct. 27 after playing basketball. The cause of death is not yet known.
Listed as 6 foot 5 inches and 205 pounds, Terrell was set to play small forward for Miller Grove this season. Oct. 28, the day after Coleman’s passing, was to be the first day of practice at the school.
Basketball recruiting website Future150.com projected that Coleman would end up at a high-major college as a shooting guard, ranking him 13th in the nation for the 2017 recruiting class.
Terrell also played for the Atlanta Celtics, an A.A.U. youth travel basketball league focused on sending kids on the path to college. Terrell established a reputation in the league as a good shooter and excellent rebounder.
“He was a remarkable young man,” Miller Grove Coach Sharman White told CrossRoadsNews Monday. “He was just oozing with talent and a consistently hard worker. He was an even better person than he was a player.”
White recalled the “amazing effect” he 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 spoke to everyone, students, teachers, cafeteria workers, police officers he was friends with everyone.”
Struggling with shock and grief, White reflected on his player’s passing at such a young age.
“He was absolutely passionate about basketball,” he said. “And he made it his business to live the game he loved.”