Orange fans have been salivating over Dajuan Coleman since he was a freshman at Jamesville-Dewitt High School, and now they can salivate over him as a member of the Syracuse Orange. The 6-foot-8 center announced today that he will follow in the footsteps of fellow J-D grads Andy Rautins and Brandon Triche and play basketball at Syracuse University. And while it was great news for SU fans, Coleman admits he's known for weeks.
"I knew about a month ago before I went on my Kentucky and Syracuse visit," said Coleman, "I just wanted to make sure I was making the right decision for me."
As Coleman made the announcement, he playfully reached for the Kentucky hat, but then switched to the Syracuse Orange hat. A chant of "Let's Go Orange!" erupted in the crowd and through the halls of Jamesville-Dewitt High School.
In the end it came down to playing for Kentucky's John Calipari or Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, even though Ohio State had been in the thought process. After a weekend visit to the SU campus, where Coleman took in SU Basketball practice and got the grand tour, he had made his decision. He will play for the team he grew up watching.
"I definitely want to be a hero," says Coleman, "and I definitely want to be remembered throughout the years to come."
Coleman is one of the nations highest rated high school senior prospects, and has led J-D to three straight New York State Class A titles. Last year, as a junior, he averaged just under 25 points a game and pulled down an average of 14 rebounds a game. Scout.com has Coleman as the 11th ranked prospect coming out of the Class of 2012. J-D Head Coach Bob McKenney says he is very proud to see yet another one of his star players continue their basketball careers at Syracuse University.
"What his body will turn into is going to be frightening," says MCKenney, "I'd be surprised if he gets through 4 years without being drafted."