Two future Orange men have collected another honor for their trophy cases as they have been nominated for inclusion on the rosters of the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Games.
DaJuan Coleman, the 14th best player in the 2012 ESPN Top 100 recruiting rankings and a Syracuse Orange signee, has been named one of 600 nominees for the games. He joins future SU teammate Jerami Grant, an ESPN top 50 player and the 8th best forward in their class.
Coleman, who hails from Jamesville-DeWitt High School in suburban Syracuse, signed with the Orange last November over Kentucky and Ohio State. The 6’8", 270 pound big man has led his Red Rams to three consecutive New York State Class A championships.
Grant, a 6’7" wing player from DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, committed to SU last September and is the son of former NBA forward Harvey Grant.
Coleman’s high school teammate, 6’8" Wake Forest recruit Tyler Cavanaugh, also made the list.
"This area continues to produce elite basketball talent and the nomination of seven local players signifies the hard work and dedication of our young athletes. They contribute to their schools, the community and the game," said Michael McLaughlin, a Syracuse-area McDonald’s restaurant owner. "The McDonald’s All American Games presents the opportunity to preview the country’s up and coming basketball talent, and we’re excited to have our city represented by these extraordinary student athletes."
The final roster for the boys and girls games will be announced in a televised ESPNU selection show at 5:00 p.m. eastern on February 9.
"The McDonald’s All American Games presents the finest opportunity to preview the country’s best up and coming basketball talent," said Morgan Wootten, McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. "This year’s nominees represent some of the top student-athletes in the country. We are privileged to acknowledge these individuals for their success on the basketball court, in the classroom, and in the community.
The McDonald’s All-American Games take place on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago.