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

DaJuan Coleman stays home, picks Syracuse

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 CBSSports.com’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

Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:22 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 11:04 pm

Big man, big recruit: Coleman makes pick Tuesday

By Jeff Borzello

The question surrounding DaJuan Coleman throughout his entire recruitment centered around Syracuse.

After all, the five-star big man attends Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.) near Syracuse and has been to the upstate New York campus on numerous occasions. Moreover, his former high school teammate, Brandon Triche, is currently a junior guard for the Orange.

With that said, his decision process has lasted far longer than expected -- is that a sign that Syracuse has been passed in Coleman's mind?

We will all find out on Tuesday afternoon, as Coleman will announce his commitment at a 2:30 p.m. press conference at his high school.

Along with Syracuse, the other schools in the running are Ohio State and Kentucky.

Coleman visited Kentucky for its Big Blue Madness, and the Wildcats have made up plenty of ground in this recruitment. In the summer, Coleman's AAU coach told me that Kentucky was "1A" in the race.

He has also taken a visit to Ohio State, and he has said he would like to be a Jared Sullinger-type player for the Buckeyes.

Coleman, a 6-foot-9 big man, is ranked No. 15 in CBSSports.com's Top 100. At one point, he was in the running for the top spot in the class but he has slipped some over the past year. Despite that, his physical prowess and soft touch around the rim make him very difficult to stop down low. He uses his body well and can grab rebounds consistently. If he tones his body and gets in better shape, Coleman has the potential to be a dominant force in college.

Which college will that be? We'll find out in less than 24 hours.

Photo via Lonnie Webb 
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:24 pm

Podcast: Where will uncommitted stars end up?

By Matt Norlander

Recruits are becoming savvy to the game. Each year, it's taking longer and longer for more and more high-level recruits to commit to a school. Makes sense -- this is pretty much the last bastion of legitimate power they'll have until they get out of college and go on to earn buck at some sort of professional level.

So, with that in mind, I had Borzello hop onto the podcast and give you the most likely landing spots for these 10 undecided guys:
  1. Shabazz Muhammad
  2. Mitch McGary
  3. Kyle Anderson
  4. Archie Goodwin
  5. Kaleb Tarczewski
  6. DaJuan Coleman
  7. Amile Jefferson
  8. Alex Poythress
  9. Rodney Purvis
  10. Jarnell Stokes
Some seem inevitable, while a few others are true toss-ups. Listen to find out which guys on the list could very well drag out their recruitments all the way until April. That's right -- after the upcoming college basketball season, which is still seven weeks away from having games on television. We also discuss how Houston was able to pull off getting two top-100 guys, and why that label is actually a little misleading in this case.

And, as always, if you want the latest news and scoops on recruitments in hoops, we've got an entire blog wholly dedicated to that. Borzello does most of the housekeeping there. Boost the pageviews and his ego all at once!

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