May 8, 2009
Tuscaloosa, Ala. -
University of Alabama men’s basketball’s Yamene Coleman has elected not to pursue a fifth year of eligibility following his graduation from the University on Saturday with a degree in criminal justice.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to earn a degree from the University of Alabama while representing the Crimson Tide on the court,” said Coleman. “I will definitely cherish the four years of memories, friendships and experiences from Alabama as I move forward to the next step in my life.”
Coleman, a forward from Boykin, Ala., played in all 32 games last season as a junior and averaged 3.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 minutes of action per game. He played in 81 total games in his three seasons at UA after redshirting in 2005-06.
“We’re happy for Yamene and wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors,” said head coach Anthony Grant. “We’re obviously thankful for the time, dedication and commitment he has put into building this program.”
Coleman’s graduation continues a strong trend of men’s basketball student-athletes ending their athletic careers at UA with a degree in hand as 29 of the last 30 student-athletes that have spent four or more years in the program have earned their college degrees.