From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Coleman, Fielding "Toke"

(born: 1948) 

From Harrison County, KY, Toke Coleman was one of the first three African American basketball players at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in 1966. (The other two were Bobby Washington and Garfield Smith.) The San Diego Rockets chose Coleman in the 10th round of the 1970 NBA draft. Coleman was an outstanding basketball player at EKU, as he was during his public school playing days in Harrison County. During his senior year of high school, the 6'3" Coleman averaged 22 points and 15 rebounds, and his team made it to the quarterfinals of the Kentucky high school basketball tournament. He is an inductee of the Kentucky Men's Basketball 10th Region Hall of Fame. Toke Coleman was a brother to the late Louis Stout. Information from W. E. Ellis, 1906-2006 A Century of Opportunity, an EKU publication (removed website); and 1970 NBA Player Draft. See "Toke Coleman, Harrison net ace, enrolls at Eastern," Park City Daily News, 09/16/1966, p.13. 


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NKAA Entry: Washington, Robert L. "Bobby"
NKAA Entry: Smith, Garfield
NKAA Entry: Stout, Louis
NKAA Source: Park city daily news (newspaper)

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