Upstate New York legend Dajuan Coleman made his college decision today...and he will stay at home to play for the Syracuse Orange. The 6'8" 280-pound mammoth center picked the 'Cuse over the Kentucky Wildcats and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The nationally ranked Top 10 prospect is arguably the best center in the class of 2012, and he will bring an immediate inside presence to the Big East superpower. Syracuse could not afford to let the hometown star get away, and the relationship forged between Coleman and SU coaches Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins helped to solidify the verbal commitment.
At Jamesville-DeWitt High School, he has helped lead the Red Rams to three straight New York State Class A championships. Last season, he continued his dominance of New York teams to a tune of 24.5 points and 14 rebounds per game.
Current Syracuse starting guard Brandon Triche played with Coleman in high school at Jamesville-DeWitt, and their friendship, as well as the friendships formed with other current Orange players, helped sway the big man to stay at home. He joins Top 50 prospect 6'7" small forward Jerami Grant in the Orange's 2012 recruiting class.