"It's pretty good," Coleman said. "Good exposure, competition and they teach you a lot of stuff."
When we sat down to chat with Coleman it came as no big surprise that he's a fan of the guys that know how to use their size both in college and the pros.
"In college, I gotta go with Tyler Hansbrough. He's explosive, hustles, he's everywhere. He beats guards down the floor."
And in the NBA? Who does Coleman admire? "I like Dwight Howard in the pros because of his style of play."
Hallelujah! A big guy who looks, thinks and wants to be a big man himself!
The Syracuse native is going to be a major target. When? Well, that's just a matter of who pushes all in on the big fella earliest. Clearly, Syracuse will be a player. He's a Derrick Coleman fan (no relation) and likens his game to the former Orangeman forward.
When the time comes, Coleman will turn to a tight circle and ask for help. It'll be from the same folks who help him navigate the treacherous waters that surround a highly regarded high school player.
"You gotta stay humble and keep your eyes open," Coleman said. "My mom, father and brother help me out. They know what's right and wrong."