FARMINGTON >> Jasmine Coleman showed flashes of brilliance as a freshman. A year later, she is a shining star.
Just two games into the volleyball season, Coleman has surpassed or come close to double-digits in three statistical categories.
In Navajo Prep's first volleyball game of the season against Shiprock, Coleman had 14 kills, 18 assists and six blocks. In her second game against Santa Fe Indian School, she posted 17 kills, 10 digs and nine blocks.
And volleyball isn't even her best sport.
"Basketball is her first love, but she is dominating as a sophomore in volleyball," said Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "Just the athleticism she has and the competitiveness she has, it is very hard to get athletes to come in and be that determined to win as much as Jasmine is."
As a freshman, Coleman averaged nearly 12 points per game in basketball, Crisp said.
"I think it is harder to get a triple-double in basketball," Coleman said. "You really have to work for it in both, but in basketball there is a lot more thinking you have to do. In volleyball, there is also nobody guarding you. It depends on the opponent, but I think it is harder to do in basketball."
Coleman credited her teammates for putting her in a position to record such solid statistics.
"It means a lot to have the encouragement of your team. We need a leader, so I am there, but if it wasn't for everyone, I wouldn't have those numbers," she said.
The sophomore filled the void left when her older sister, Danielle Coleman, graduated last year, Crisp said.
"Jasmine is the leader on the court, and all the girls feed off her. That is very rare for a sophomore, but her sister was also one of our top players the past two years," Crisp said. "Jasmine came right in this year and picked up where her sister left off."
Jasmine Coleman said her older sister, as well as her mother, Ivana Jones, push her to work harder.
Some Navajo Prep fans have compared her abilities to those of Rainy Crisp and her younger sister, Nicole Crisp.
Rainy Crisp, who played basketball for Arizona State University, said she sees those similarities. She delivered three state basketball titles as a player for Navajo Prep in 1996, 1996 and 1997 and coached her sister to a state basketball title of her own in 2009.
Coleman hopes to emulate the success of the Crisp sisters.
"I look up to Rainy a lot as a basketball player. I try to find videos of her and see what she has done," Coleman said.
After graduating high school, Coleman wants to play Division I sports, and Rainy Crisp believes the young athlete has what it takes.
"With her continuing to grow, she is definitely going to get there," she said.
But, for now, Coleman remains focused on delivering a state title to the Lady Eagles while making a name for herself around the state.
"This is a really big year for us to win state in volleyball. We only lost three seniors. If we wish to bring a state title back, this is our year to do it," Coleman said. "That is my big thing, going to state. I hope Division I coaches are there to watch me."
Coleman has already gained a reputation among 2A coaches, but Crisp think that will only grow as Coleman continues to improve over the next three years.
"She was one of the top players, even as a freshman. Her name is out there," Crisp said. "It is going to get out more with not just 2A coaches, but with 3A and 4A schools as well."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.