When DaJuan Coleman arrived at Syracuse in 2012, he was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American out of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in DeWitt, New York, just five miles away from campus. Fast forward to today, and his time with the Orange has been marred by knee injuries. In 37 games, Coleman has averaged just 4.6 points and four rebounds over 12.8 minutes per game. In 2014-15, he redshirted.
But things could be looking up for Coleman. Coach Jim Boeheim recently spoke to Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Dispatch and appeared cautiously optimistic regarding Coleman’s status for the upcoming season.
“He’s actually playing. He’s been playing more the last month,” Boeheim said. “This summer, he wasn’t playing that much. I’m updating you on what he’s done in the last month and that’s been an improvement over what he’s done prior to this. I think there’s every reason to be optimistic at this point in time. “
That would certainly help Syracuse up front, as the frontcourt is particularly thin. Freshman Moustapha Diagne was expected to chip in immediately, but wasn’t cleared academically and is now playing at junior college in Florida. Moreover, Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough were drafted into the NBA. Providence transfer Pascal Chukwu must also sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Thus, if Coleman is healthy and able to play extended minutes in a significant role, his presence could be critical to Syracuse rebounding after a disappointing 2014-15 season and getting back to the NCAA Tournament.
Campus Sports will update Coleman’s status as any new information becomes available.
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