UNC in Coleman's Top 5

CLEVELAND --- When the July evaluation period begins every year, coaches from across the country always seem to be looking for one common thing: talented big men. Anytime a big man is as talented as DaJuan Coleman, those teams will happen to be among the best in the country.

Now rated as the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2012, Coleman has schools from all over the country seeking his ability.

He was among the best big guys this week at the King City Classic and had coaches from across the country, including coaches from North Carolina, gauging his progress. The mammoth Coleman measured in at 6-9 ½ in shoes and 280 pounds. He also registered a 7-1 ½ wingspan.

Despite his massive size, Coleman moves quite well and had a strong showing.

"(It's been) pretty good - I think I learned a lot this whole week," Coleman said. "I'm playing against the top players. We get a lot of (instruction) from the coaches. It's been great."

Although Coleman is one of the top players in 2012, he tried to remain focused even though attention came his way from both opponents and the coaches in the stands.

"I just try to play my game, I try not to let it get to me," Coleman said of the pressure. "I just like to play and not think about (that)."

Schools from all over the country have begun to call on Coleman as they try to land the Syracuse-native to stabilize their frontcourt.

Coleman claims offers from Syracuse, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio State but admitted, "I have way more, but I can't remember them all. It's a lot."

North Carolina has shown recent interest in Coleman by calling him once the contact period began on June 15.

"One of the assistants (spoke to me), not Roy Williams though." Coleman said. "They didn't offer over the phone. They've sent me letters and stuff, talked to my coaches at my high school."

Coleman also has a positive outlook on the North Carolina program.

"I think they're going to be really good," Coleman said. "They just had a young team. In the next couple years I think they're going to be really good."

The positive feelings Coleman has for the program are reflective in the way he speaks about Carolina and his recruitment.

"That's one of my top schools - in the top five," he said. "Syracuse, Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina and Louisville. I don't have the official list yet but I like them right now."

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