This past winter, Oakdale was the host city for the American Basketball Association (ABA) franchise, Stanislaus SuperKats.
The SuperKats made it to the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round. Shortly after, the team relocated to Sacramento. One of the highlights for the team was forward Calen Coleman. The Bakersfield native maybe soft spoken but his high energy on the court spoke volumes. Coleman, who is the head coach for Downey High School boys junior varsity basketball team, was recently selected by the Orlando Splash in the ABA Gold Draft.
The ABA Gold Draft was held on Saturday, June 23 between eight teams and was eight rounds. Coleman was drafted in the fourth round and was informed of his draft status by SuperKats owner, Spencer Norman.
“I was at work when I got the message that I was drafted by Orlando,” Coleman said.
The Orlando Splash is owned by former National Basketball Association player Antonio Harvey.
“I am truly blessed to be playing basketball. God has given me the talent to play this wonderful game and I can’t stress how blessed I truly am,” said the former SuperKat.
Coleman grew up in Bakersfield where he shined at Liberty High School and was scouted by many NCAA schools and ultimately committed to Montana State where he graduated in 2014.
His intense workouts now are five days a week and focus on strength and conditioning.
This summer and fall Coleman will be playing his games in Las Vegas in the ABA Gold’s nine-week season representing the Splash.
“It’s a nine week season where all the games will be played in Las Vegas. During that time I will try to make the Orlando Splash team and their fans proud,” Coleman said. “The ABA Gold is a real opportunity that I am beyond grateful for. I enjoy the game of basketball and will continue to play it, no matter where it is. I cannot thank the Lord enough for all He has blessed me with. I could not do the things I do without Him. I also have great support from my girlfriend, Tera, who has supported me and my dreams.”
During his time with the SuperKats, Coleman averaged 27 points, seven rebounds and four and a half assists per game.