DaJuan Coleman commits to Syracuse

DaJuan Coleman, a 6-10, 280-pound center from Dewitt, N.Y., committed to nearby Syracuse on Tuesday, deciding that staying home was the best place for him to play college basketball.

Coleman, who's No. 14 on the ESPNU 100 list, chose the Orange over Kentucky and Ohio State.

He is the fourth-rated center in the Class of 2012.

Coleman has been around the Syracuse basketball program since middle school, going to games and attending basketball camps on campus. That's where he got to know Syracuse associate head coach Mike Hopkins and coach Jim Boeheim. He credited the Orange coaching staff with making him "feel comfortable."

Coleman has improved steadily throughout high school and had a slew of offers to choose from. He said his biggest improvement was in his conditioning and dedication, something he will have to continue his focus on at Syracuse.

Syracuse, previously unranked in the class rankings, will jump to No. 10. Jerami Grant, a 6-7, 190-pound forward, previously commited to the Orange. He is the 43rd-ranked player in the ESPNU 100.

Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting.