MCT REGIONAL NEWS
By Justin Jackson
The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
Jan. 24--The first thing you notice about Jamesville-DeWitt (Syracuse, N.Y.) forward DaJuan Coleman is his size.
"I was always the big guy," Coleman said. "Growing up, I was always the biggest guy on my team."
"He fluctuates between 280 and 290," Jamesville-DeWitt coach Bob McKenney said. "He's going to be a monster for someone, that's for sure."
At 6-foot-8, Coleman is not always the tallest player on the court, but his play during Saturday's 65-57 loss to Wheeling Park, at the PrimeTime Shootout, commanded attention from everyone, including tournament officials.
Late in the fourth quarter, after Coleman, who is just a junior, came up with his seventh monster slam dunk of the game, tournament director Jeff Hewitson ran out of the bleachers to the sidelines in an attempt to get Coleman to stop dunking, because he was worried about doing damage to the rims with three more games to play.
His stats for the night were also monstrous: 27 points, 17 rebounds (nine offensive) and two blocks. Even more impressive was that he played the entire 32 minutes without a break.
Coleman's school is located just minutes from Syracuse's Carrier Dome, and he lists Syracuse as one of his dream schools, as well as North Carolina. WVU is hot on his trail, as well as Pitt, Kentucky, Kansas and Ohio State.
"Everybody thinks because I've had a couple of kids 1/8Andy Rautins, Brandon Triche3/8 go to Syracuse, that I'm pushing people that way," McKenney said. "That's not the case. In DaJuan's case, we'll sit down in a week or so and see what kind of decision he wants to make. I think he kind of has an idea of what he wants to do, so we'll set up the visits for the spring and go from there."
"I'm basically wide open as far as schools," said Coleman, who is ranked No. 8 overall in the class of 2012. "I'm not leaning toward any school. I'm just taking my time."
The other thing you notice about Coleman is his old-school approach to the game. He thinks of himself as a true post player in every sense of the word.