Syracuse Orange recruit DaJuan Coleman took part in the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game last night. With reports all week that he looked lazy and sluggish in practice, Orange fans were curious to see if that would true in the game against the nation's best.
Instead, Coleman put on a pretty good show. He finished with either seven points and ten rebounds or nine points and thirteen rebounds, depending on who you ask (Seriously, I've seen multiple reports with both sets of numbers).
Nation of Orange liked what they saw out of Coleman, especially in terms of rebounding:
He was the best rebounder on the floor. He showed his excellent footwork on a number of occasions. One in particular was late in the first half. He received a pass, took a dribble, and did a nifty jump-step move that took him from outside the lane, around his defender, and to the hoop for an open layup. Coleman was a load inside, and looks like he could be an ideal in the Orange zone. He takes up a lot of space, moves his feet well, and has good instincts.
DaJuan also received a thumbs up from Jon Rothstein, who noted that Coleman looks ready to contribute right away. Rothstein stopped short of saying, "So much Derrick Coleman in DaJuan Coleman," but I'm pretty sure he wanted to.
Speaking of that comparison, it was mentioned during the game. Get ready to add "DaJuan Coleman is not related to Derrick Coleman, but both have a last name Coleman and both played for Syracuse." to your Lazy Announcer Bingo Card.
If you missed the chance to see Coleman in action, you'll get another chance this Sunday when he takes part in the All-American Championship at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. And this time, he'll be joined by fellow Orange recruit Jerami Grant and a certain Nerlens Noel.
The All-American Championship features 40 of the top high school players in the country. They are divided into four teams, creating a double-header event. On Sunday, the East squad will play the West at 3 p.m., with the North-South game following at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be on ESPN3 and they will be re-broadcast on ESPNU on Sunday night, starting at 9 p.m.
Shame, think of how many SU fans would have been in town had things turned out a little differently?