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Matt Coleman turns pro, will hire agent

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Texas guard Matt Coleman will move on to professional basketball and hire an agent, he announced Thursday.

Texas was 78-51 during his four-year career, including a Big 12 Tournament championship, an NIT Championship, and a Maui Invitational title. He finished his career third in program history in games started with 128, fourth in assists with 477, and 16th in points with 1448. He missed one game during his four year career and started 128 games while in Austin.

He is the first player in program history to lead the team in assists in four consecutive seasons.

“This has been an amazing four years,” Coleman announced on Instagram. “I took pride in wearing the burnt orange, day in and day out.”

“From day one, y’all embraced this boy from Norfolk, VA with open arms and helped me develop into a man, a proud graduate and an elite college player.”

“I thank God for my gifts and the position he’s placed me in. Thank you to everyone that took this journey with me. Texas will forever be my home. However, it’s time to begin the next chapter of my life as a professional.”

A member of the 2017 class, Coleman chose the Longhorns over Duke thanks to his longstanding relationship with former head coach Shaka Smart.

Cover photo courtesy of the NCAA