Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
HOUSTON — DaJuan Coleman knows John Calipari could have gone anywhere the day after Kentucky advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
But the Kentucky coach went from Tampa, Fla., to Glens Falls, N.Y., to watch Coleman play for a New York State championship.
“That means a whole lot because he could’ve watched anybody,” Coleman said Sunday after posting 12 points and six rebounds as the East fell to the West, 107-104, in the All-American Championship. “He didn’t have to come to see me. He could’ve picked anybody else but he picked me. That means whole lot to me and I was just happy to see him after he just got done with his game.”
The 6-foot-10 Coleman said he doesn’t have “an official top five,” but listed North Carolina, Syracuse, Kentucky, Ohio State and UConn.
He added there were “a couple more so I really don’t have an official five.”
Jim Hart, Coleman’s AAU coach with the Albany City Rocks, previously said Coleman’s list would likely come down to Syracuse and at least one other school since Syracuse is his local program.
“It’s going to be somebody and Syracuse,” Hart said last month. “If there’s five or six schools, the final two is probably going to be somebody and Syracuse.”
Of Syracuse, Coleman said, “They’re in the list. They’re one of my top schools.”
Coleman said he plans to play the summer AAU circuit and then go from there early in his senior season at Jamesville-DeWitt.
“I’m just looking at my options and just taking my time with it,” he said. “I just want to make the right decision for me and my family.”
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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.