Coleman Confident He'll Be Ready Next Season

Syracuse center DaJuan Coleman believes he will be back to form for the 2015-16 campaign.

Syracuse basketball center DaJuan Coleman has not played a second for the Orange this season. A knee injury suffered during the 2013-14 campaign has lingered and prevented him from being a contributor.

Recently, Syracuse made the decision to shut him down for the year. caught up with Coleman to see how his rehab is progressing.

”It’s doing pretty good,” Coleman said. “I’ve been practicing for over a month now. It’s been hanging in there pretty good. I feel good about it. I’m practicing more days in a row now. It’s up to like four days. I cut myself back on the fifth day just to be safe about the whole thing. Just let it come back slowly and take my time.”

The knee is getting closer and closer to being back to pre-injury form. Not feeling the pressure to get out there as soon as possible has allowed him to allow the leg to heal properly.

”I feel like it’s real close to 100%,” Coleman said. “Way better. It’s almost good to go. I’m still taking my team because I’m redshirting. I don’t need to rush to get back out there. I’m just taking my team. When I feel I need a rest day, I just rest.”

The only problem with being patient is not being able to help out his teammates this season.

”Yeah it’s definitely frustrating,” Coleman said. “The (Boston College) game, he (Rakeem Christmas) got into foul trouble and I wish I was out there just to back him up a little bit. Just to be that extra guy that he can count on because of when Chris (McCullough) went down. But everything happens for a reason.”

Despite being supportive of this year’s squad everyway he can without contributing, Coleman is also focused on being prepared for next season. With the loss of Christmas to graduation, he will be counted on to be the starter for the 2015-16 season.

”Definitely,” Coleman said. “That's my mentality coming into every practice now. As if I’m starting in the next game. I’m just looking forward to next year but I’m still working. I’m very confident. Probably closer than the season. Probably around summer time I’ll be ready to go.”

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