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Syracuse center Dajuan Coleman will return next season

Syracuse center Dajuan Coleman confirms he will return next season.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- One grueling question surrounding the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program has been answered.

Senior center Dajuan Coleman will return for his fifth year, according to Mike Waters at

"I'm definitely coming back," Coleman told Waters. "I never really thought about doing anything else." 

The Jamesville-DeWitt native is averaging 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season. Last season at this time he couldn't even run.

"My main focus coming into this season was to just keep getting better," he told Waters. "I wanted to play the whole season. Finally getting a full year down makes it a good year for me." 

Coleman plans to start working towards his graduate degree in the summer. He has already received his undergraduate degree in child and human studies. 

He is still undecided in which graduate program he will enroll in. 

According to Waters, Coleman never considered transferring elsewhere for his fifth year of eligibility. "No. I never thought about that."

Dajuan, Paschal Chukwu and Chinonso Obokoh will be Syracuse's three centers on the roster this year.

The Orange are actively recruiting class of 2016 big men Taurean Thompson and Cheickna Dembele. This may, however, affect Thompson's interest in Syracuse, as early playing time is important to the 6-foot-10 prospect.

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