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DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 2:43 pm

By Jeff Borzello

The first time a big man named Coleman came out of Syracuse, he was an All-American in college and an NBA All-Star.

Now, head coach Jim Boeheim will get the closest thing to Derrick Coleman, as five-star center DaJuan Coleman committed to the Orange on Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at his high school.

"The school I'll be attending this coming fall will be . . . ," Coleman said, before donning a Syracuse hat. He said that he has known he wanted to pick the Orange for the last month, but took visits to Ohio State and Kentucky just to make sure.

"I wanted to make the right decision," he said. 

While DaJuan Coleman has no blood relation to Derrick Coleman, they have similar build and both are legends in Upstate New York. The elder Coleman did his damage at the college level, but the high school version has dominated at Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.) for years.

Make no mistake; this was a recruit Syracuse could not afford to lose.

Coleman was right in the Orange’s backyard, and had been on the Syracuse campus a number of times. His high school teammate, Brandon Triche, is currently a starting guard for Boeheim, and the Orange have been the favorite since the beginning for Coleman’s services.

"It's close to home," Coleman said. "Hanging out with the players, they made me feel like I was home."

Moreover, whenever Kentucky’s involved, the smart money seems to always be on John Calipari and the Wildcats. In head-to-head battles over the past few years, Calipari has rarely lost, racking up the top recruiting class in the country more often than not. For Syracuse to defend its home territory and beat Kentucky – and Ohio State – for a five-star recruit, it’s a big win for the Orange.

As for Coleman, he should make an immediate impact for the Orange. With Fab Melo potentially leaving after this coming year, and Baye Moussa Keita and Rakeem Christmas very raw offensively, Coleman will add a dimension Syracuse will be lacking.

The No. 9-ranked recruit in’s class of 2012, Coleman is a 6-foot-9 center who is one of the more dominant low-post prospects in the country. He carves out space down low with his mammoth, 280-lb. body. Once he gets position, his good hands and assortment of moves make him difficult to stop with his back to the basket. He rebounds extremely well in his area, and controls the lane defensively. Coleman has improved his passing and face-up game, but he still needs to get in better shape on a consistent basis.

"A double-double guy every game," Coleman said.  

With his talent level and potential, Syracuse could have its next All-America big man – and his last name just happens to be Coleman.

Photo: MaxPreps


Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:20 pm

DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

i see him having a hard time seeing time next year...but thats just me.....

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:57 am

DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

Great news for the Cuse

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:39 pm

Fab Melo potentially leaving...???

Borzello says Dajuan can make an immediate impact because Fab Melo may go pro after the upcoming season. While anything can happen did Borzello watch a single Syracuse game last season?? Melo was terrible. I know Fine is great with Bigs and I expect Melo to be much better the NBA is a long ways a way for him.

Dajuan will make an immediate impact no doubt about it thought, one can never have enough Bigs...  

Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:32 am

DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

Wow Syracuse has the pieces. This will be an entertaining season for the Orange faithful. Once the kids figure out their respective rolls and responsabilities this SU team could hit cruise control. I hope they have it all figured out by Garden time and fined tuned by the Big Dance. I can't wait to see this squad in action. How is Boeheim ever gonna retire?

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:59 am

DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

And now Derrick Coleman.....The future SU team is the team to beat.  I don't care what anyone has to say about all the youngsters at UK, Memphis and UNC. 

Life just got harder on the rest of the nation.

Go Cuse!

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:10 pm

DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

Correct.  Derrick Coleman was skinny.  DaJuan Coleman is a beast.

There will be plenty of Dukies hitting to the floor when they play SU.  But at least some of them won't be intentional.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:49 pm

DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

There's no way DaJuan Coleman's build is similar to Derrick Colemen when Derrick entered Syracuse.  Derrick was a slighter build than DaJuan, who's already a moose frame.

Everything doesn't always have to compare the same to someone/something else to make a good story.  Maybe they're just - different.... 

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