Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Player Profile: DaJuan Coleman


Guest Contributor extraordinaire, Ryan Mahanna, is back to drop some high school hoops knowledge. Today he will be providing us a glimpse at the Round Mound of Dinosaur BBQ: DaJuan Coleman.

DaJuan Coleman: 6'10'', 280
Syracuse, NY
Jamesville-DeWitt High School/Albany City Rocks
Class of 2012 Rankings : #2 (ESPN)

NBA Comparison: DeMarcus Cousins


I am well aware of the fact that the RFH Collective is all about New England Prep hoops but since two of my stated areas of expertise are Central New York and all things basketball, it is only fitting to submit my player profile of Syracuse's own DaJuan (dae-wahn) Coleman. Coleman, already a 3-time NYS Public School Champion, is the most high profile prospect in the history of Upstate New York basketball. That may seem like a gross exaggeration but it is very true. Ranked #2 in the class of 2012 (ESPN), DaJuan has garnered interest from schools that kids only dream of (UNC, Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn) and has proven himself as a winner. Despite the rumors, DaJuan is NOT the son of Derrick Coleman (sorry Collective) but he is a once in a life time talent that the Syracuse area gets to enjoy.



Boeheim wants another DC, albeit unrelated.

At 6'10'', 280 lbs, "Big Upstate" is the epitome of thick. Even though he has legitimate shooting range, good hands and nimble feet, he totally embraces the role of being a banger. Coleman doesn't shy away from contact and if basketball doesn't work out he could be a Hall of Fame left tackle (think John Ogden). With so few true low-post players playing the 4-spot in modern basketball, Coleman's emergence onto the national scene is refreshing. What separates him from #1 prospect Andre Drummond is that he isn't an athletic freak but he more than makes up for it with skill and basketball IQ. During the 2010 AAU Nationals in Orlando I took some time from my evaluation of 6'5 DIII centers and checked out one of DaJuan's games. The one thing I was most impressed with was his composure. Despite the fact that he was triple (sometimes quadruple) teamed and fouled violently every time he caught the ball within 8 feet, he never reacted, postured or mean-mugged anyone. For an hour straight he took the contact, shook it off and walked to line and knocked down free throws. Since I am the kinda guy who would flip out when a shoe-less hippie would slide into me in intramural softball, I found his demeanor very impressive.

Hopefully this Snake doesn't steal Central NY's Finest.

No one is really sure if Coleman will come back for his senior year at Jamesville-Dewitt HS and if he doesn't I really hope the general public treats his decision with respect. It would probably be best for him to spend a year playing against the best competition possible and he already has given us a lot during his time at J-D. It would break my heart if he didn't go to Syracuse but when Kentucky and UNC come calling you have to listen. If he leaves the 'Cuse after this summer my only hope is that the Hendrie brothers can pull some strings and get him in a St. Mark's uniform. (Editors note: He should think twice about going to Oak Hill. They don't have a great history of producing great big men. It's a school that features perimeter players. If you read this DaJuan, there is school in Southborough, MA who has a long history of producing bigs. They're looking for a 4. Just saying.)

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Who is more prolific than Greg Paulus? Answer: Nobody is more prolific than Duke basketball and SU football legend Greg Paulus. Nobody. I also would have accepted Jimmer Fredette.

Mix one part Paulus, three parts Will Smith (of Proctor H.S., OSU, and domestic assualt fame), and one part DaJuan Coleman and you get Julius Peppers.

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