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DaJuan Coleman lives only about five minutes from the Syracuse campus, so it’s not surprising that he’s been to three games already this young season.
Coleman attended Syracuse’s 86-67 win over Canisius Sunday after hitting the home-opener against Northern Iowa and the exhibition against Le Moyne.
“It was pretty good,” Coleman said of the Canisius game. “They pulled away from them at the end.”
The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Coleman is the No. 3 center in the Class of 2012, per Rivals.
He initially said his “top five” consisted of Syracuse, Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville.
Then he amended his list to say West Virginia and Georgetown were recruiting him hard as well.
“That’s my top seven,” he said.
He said he’s always considered Syracuse and North Carolina his dream schools, but isn’t sure where Carolina stands at this point.
“North Carolina was my dream school but I don’t know about North Carolina,” he said. “I’ve got to see where they’re at in a couple years, how good of a team they’re gonna be.”
Despite the public perception that Syracuse is his favorite, Coleman says nobody tops the list right now.
“I ain’t really got no favorites at this time,” he said. “I’m not leaning to one school right now.”
He said he hopes to decide a year from now, “going into my senior year” at Jamesville-DeWitt.
In the meantime, he wants to work on his mid-range game and running the floor better while helping his high school win another title.
“Win another state championship,” he said of his goal this season.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.