DaJuan Coleman Coming to Syracuse: What Does It Mean?

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIIOctober 25, 2011

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DaJuan Coleman pulled a stutter-step fake with Kentucky and attacked the Syracuse hat like he will be attacking the rim for Jim Boeheim and the Cuse fans.

Alright, a little much? Yes, but Coleman deserves the kind of hype and excitement that his 2:30 decision generated.

Coleman is an absolute beast. He averaged 24.5 points and 14 rebounds at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, which, you may remember, gave us Boeheim Andy Rautins and Brandon Triche.

He is ranked 14th overall in the country by ESPNU and 11th overall by Scouts.com, which has now moved Syracuse's recruiting class up to 10th overall. As OrangeFizz reported, rumblings had Coleman coming to Syracuse as early as yesterday.

Aside from the obvious frontcourt dominance Syracuse could very well possess next season, the importance of this commitment is clear for their basketball program.

With the loss of former assistant coach Robert Murphy to Eastern Michigan, many people wondered if Boeheim would be able to continue the amazing recruiting trend. Coleman even played AAU for Albany, making him the best prospect in central, if not all of New York State.

As Jeff Borzello reports, this recruiting battle was a "must win" for the Orange.

With John Calipari after DC, Syracuse had to show that even with Calipari's near spotless record at racking up "one and dones," the Northeast, especially New York, was Cuse Country.

Coleman's impact on the floor is going to be great, if not immediate. Moreover, Boeheim has shown that even without one of the best recruiters in college basketball, Syracuse can and will continue to bring the best players in the country to the Carrier Dome.

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