One of the biggest stars, both literally and figuratively, at the recent Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in Hampton was DaJuan Coleman. The Jamesville (NY) Dewitt High School product has long since been considered one of the best in the 2012 class, and that was on full display.
At 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds, Coleman casts an imposing shadow on the floor. What makes him special is the fact that he knows how to use his combination of size, strength, and athleticism to its fullest potential.
Running with the Albany City Rocks in Hampton, Coleman put on several impressive dunking displays, and dominated on the low block.
"Every time I get the ball I just want to go up strong and help my team get the win," said Coleman of his play.
What has allowed Coleman to control the paint is the fact that he has worked himself into better shape this year. He now has added explosion with his refined body.
"I am just working hard every day," explained Coleman. "I am just running that extra mile and just working hard."
When it comes to recruiting, things are still in the early stages, but still some of the heavy hitters are showing him significant attention.
"Basically it is the same schools," said Coleman. "Syracuse, Kentucky, Ohio State, and North Carolina are talking to me right now."
Growing up virtually in the shadow of the Carrier Dome, Coleman is very familiar with what the Syracuse Orange have to offer.
"I've been watching them ever since I was growing up," said Coleman of the Orange. "They are one of my top schools."
Another school that has caught his attention is Kentucky. Coleman likes what he saw from the Wildcats this season.
"I just like how they run the floor and get the big man the ball," explained Coleman. "I really like what they did with DeMarcus Cousins."
At this point Coleman isn't exactly sure what is going to be important when selecting a college, but he does know that academics will play a major role.
Currently Coleman is rated as the No. six prospect in the 2012 class.