Top 5 JR C lists Louisville among favorites

Dajuan Coleman, a 6'9, 280-pound center from Syracuse, grew up of fan of the hometown Orange. But his childhood affection for the Orange doesn't necessarily guarantee that the third-ranked prospect nationally in the Class of 2012 will stay home to play for Jim Boeheim's program.

Dajuan Coleman, a 6'9, 280-pound center from Syracuse, grew up of fan of the hometown Orange. But his childhood affection for the Orange doesn't necessarily guarantee that the third-ranked prospect nationally in the Class of 2012 will stay home to play for Jim Boeheim's program.

"I'm giving everybody an opportunity," Coleman said at the King City Classic in Cleveland, OH last week. "I don't favor Syracuse."


Dajuan Coleman and Louisville commit Zach Price.
Coleman certainly has interest in Syracuse, but he's also considering Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina, Louisville and Connecticut. Those are the programs Coleman said he has the most interest.

As for Louisville, Coleman said he likes the way Rick Pitino uses his big men.

"I like what they do with their big men, they get up and down the floor," Coleman said. "They get their big men the ball. I‘ve investigated them a lot."

Coleman, who said the Louisville coaching staff maintains contact with his high school coach, says there's a wide variety of factors that will help him choose a school.

"The main factors are the coaches, the players that I will be playing with, how they run their stuff, the environment, academics and what I can get help in," Coleman said.

Coleman had a great week in Cleveland. Though only a rising junior, Coleman was ranked the No. 2 center by the Cleveland Plains-Dealer and the No. 7 overall player in camp by the Hoop Scoop. The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy called Coleman the best rebounder in camp, writing that "Coleman owns every lane he enters and every ball that comes off the rim."

"I'm trying to show coaches that I can rebound, score and get my teammates involved in the offense," Coleman said. "And I want to show them that I'm a winner."

Coleman doesn't seem interested in making an early college decision but said he hopes to make a decision before his senior season. He didn't visit any schools this spring and has no visit plans the rest of the summer.


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