By Ryan Cameron


Just this past Sunday – like most days – 6’5″ freshman Terrell Coleman was on the basketball court. It was the All-Star Game at Action Sports Academy – where you would expect one of the top basketball prospects in the country to be.

But then, the unexpected. Shortly after the opening tip, the small forward many called “Too Tall” was slumped over. His father and two nurses administered CPR at the scene, but the 15-year-old passed away at DeKalb Medical Center.

“Basketball was his heart, and his heart took him out,” his tearful mother told The Ryan Cameron Morning Show today.

The Miller Grove High School student was ranked as a 4-star prospect and 13th overall in the country for his graduating class of 2017, according to But despite being a superstar on the hardwood, his mother Rashones Coleman said “My Poo” stood even taller off the court.

“If he could have pulled his out to save your life, he would have,” Coleman said of her son and what she called his “defective” heart; adding that he suffered from a heart murmur and a leaky heart valve.

Hours before a memorial service tonight at Atlanta Basketball Courts (4855 Old National Highway, College Park), Coleman and his onetime coach, Chris Anderson, remembered Terrell, shared stories of who he was as a person and a player, and how they are coping.

To help with any financial burdens that the Coleman family has during this difficult times, you can go to any local Suntrust Bank location & ask for the Terrell Coleman fund. The account number is 1000167506541.

Watch their interview above.

(Credit: Sonia Murray/CBS Local)

(Credit: Sonia Murray/CBS Local)


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