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It can be said with near certainty that if it weren't for DaJuan Coleman, the Orange would be 3-1 and wondering how St. Francis completely shut them down. However, Coleman was a beast against the Terriers and tied his career high with 14 points in just 18 minutes. He scored those 14 without missing one of his five shots or four free throws.
Coleman also threw up a 10 and 10 on 50 percent shooting against Fordham in just 19 minutes.
So the question begs: If Coleman is so efficient, why isn't he playing more?
Donna Ditota of syracuse.com said Boeheim called Coleman the team's best offensive rebounder, but also the worst defender of the three centers. In a zone, the center is the anchor and most important position on defense.
After the St. Francis game, Boeheim said, "He scored four points in a row and they scored four points in a row. We can't have that. He's got to get better down there."
As a sophomore who missed time due to a knee injury last year, Coleman is still learning the nuances of the zone. His deficiencies on defense hold him back a bit, but his offensive game so far has been impressive.