January 27, 2011

Coleman has plenty of options

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Ohio State has already put together an elite class for 2011 and is looking to follow that up with a solid 2012 haul. Big man DaJuan Coleman is at the top of not only Ohio State's list, but the list of many other elite-level programs across the country.

Thad Matta is becoming known as a coach who brings in NBA-ready big men. Although they typically stick around for just a year or two, power forwards and centers coming up through the high school ranks are keeping a close eye on the Ohio State program.

Greg Oden, B.J. Mullens, Kosta Koufos, and now Jared Sullinger who currently a frontrunner for national player of the year, have all come through the Buckeye's system and made their way to the NBA, Sullinger likely a top three pick in the 2011 draft.

DaJuan Coleman, a player often compared to Sullinger, is yet another talented big man who may very well end up in Columbus (Ohio). Speaking about Ohio State, Coleman is very impressed with the program, its success, and the way the coaching staff uses their star center.

"They're at the top of my list," said Coleman. "I like the way they play Jared Sullinger and I have the same type of game so I like how they run him. Inside and out, they get Jared the ball almost every play."

It's obvious Coleman takes great interest in studying Sullinger and the way he has impacted Ohio State has left an imprint on the 2012 star. In order to become a star at the next level, he is currently working on a variety of areas on an individual level. When asked about where is he is most comfortable on the offensive end of the court, Coleman said it didn't matter.

"I can do both, play face up and back to the basket," he said. "I am more of a mid-range player but I'm working on my outside shot every day in practice. I'm running the floor, working on offensive rebounds, dribbling, learning post moves and just other skills like that."

In terms of his recruitment, Coleman didn't have any groundbreaking news. His list includes the likes of Ohio State, Kansas, North Carolina, Pitt, Kentucky, Louisville, and others. As of right now, nothing in the way of visits has been planned, but is something he and his family will begin working on later in the year.

"Not right now," Coleman said about planning and taking visits. "I'm going to focus more on that after the season. "

On whether he plans to make to Ohio State in the summer, "I think so but I'm just not sure yet."

Coleman definitely would like to take an official visit to Ohio State and has developed a great relationship with the coaching staff, which is good news for Buckeye fans, as he made it clear that coaching and the relationship with the coaching staff is at the top of list priorities in picking a school.

"I'm going to take my time to make the right decision. Coaching is the most important thing to me."

Time will tell with DaJuan Coleman, however, Ohio State has done a fantastic job in recruiting him and should be in it until the very end.


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