Jared Sullinger Recruiting DaJuan Coleman to Ohio State

For a while it seemed as if Syracuse and Kentucky were in a two-team race for DaJuan Coleman, the 6-foot-10, 285-pound center from Jamesville DeWitt High School.

But now that Coleman has spent more time this summer with Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger, the Buckeyes are on level ground with the Orange and the Wildcats.

“They’re definitely equal now that I did a little more research and stuff like that,” Coleman told SNY.tv by phone from the adidas Nations event in Los Angeles.

Coleman said Sullinger, whom he has known for several years, has pitched him the idea of coming to Ohio State, possibly to replace Sullinger after he heads to the NBA following his sophomore season.

“I think Sullinger is basically [saying] his school is just pushing me harder,” Coleman said. “That’s what I want. I like competition and stuff. They push me harder, give me the ball, put me in the right spot. You know, make me better as a player.”

He added:  “Ohio State, I like how they use their big man and develop big men so that’s one thing about them.”

Still, Coleman has never visited the campus and said he’s in the process of trying to plot out visits.

He’s interested in visiting both Ohio State and Kentucky, which hosts Big Blue Madness Oct. 15.

“Yeah,” he said, “I think so.”

It appears as if it will come down to Syracuse, the hometown school, Kentucky or Ohio State when all is said and done.

“That’s my top three,” he said.

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17 comments
bob
bob

Lets just hope that the players dont get all knicked up.

bsmooth1
bsmooth1

I think many of us can be realistic about year 1 expectations, but as Knicks fans we hope and are optimistic for much more. Its ok to expect less and want more, that's keeping it real.  I have been a fan since the last Knick titles so I definitely want to see that banner go up again, but each year should bring something hopeful to a fan and having an 11 ring coach and 2 ring player's brain to pick about building a winning culture can be priceless.  I dont expect NYK to win it this year but I wouldn't say we can't.

Craig Gandolph
Craig Gandolph

Very excited to see the new system put in place, After last year....any system at all was welcome. I like the makeup of this team alreaday.

blackwood1
blackwood1

This thread was a little over the top with amping up expectations. While I am looking forward to the season & new system I am realistic on yr 1 of a new system & administration. I feel if it all goes well we should get in to the playoffs but next yr will be the major indicator of our future, but as of right now im excited about the new direction & fresh start.

Darwin Hernandez
Darwin Hernandez

I dont think Phil traded Tyson because of chemistry. Tyson is a team guy who got into bad habits (purposely) because he was upset about the way the team was coached. Did he go aboutbit the wrong way by slacking? Absolutely. However Phil looked at the roster and he was the one that had the most trade value (specially to Dallas) and got us a first rounder (Shane) and two valuable picks in this years draft. Along with a vet that fits the description of the PG he looks for. Thats a win in my book.

bsmooth1
bsmooth1

I am very excited about this upcoming season.  Many of the players are already learning the triangle offense.  The one thing that most people overlook is that the triangle gets everyone involved. Its human nature that people work harder when they will be rewarded. They are not standing around watching one or two players go one on one.  Thats why a player like Tyson had to go when his value was high.  He is not a threat offensively unless you are lobbing it up for him.  We are going to surprise quite a few people.  20 games in the media will act like they weren't hating on us.  And I believe Melo's game will go to another level with Phil and D Fish.

brad5614
brad5614

The drop off in comments is great... Those that left brought nothing to the table regarding the Knicks... It was one big soap opera on here... Phil Jackson is bringing the credibility that has been missing since van gundy

bsmooth1
bsmooth1

Phil is not playing..He came here to bring the trophy to NY and I truly believe he will not allow anything to stop him.  Say what you want but I have been thoroughly impressed with what he is attempting to do with this team.  He wants ONE cohesive unit working towards one common goal.  Basketball is a team game, made up of individuals with different talents. Lets Go KNICKS!!!!!

Art Perez
Art Perez

I want to thank the writers of TKB for continuing to provide relevant Knicks news despite the dropoff in comments as I'm sure there is still traffic to the site. Can't wait for the season to begin, training camp is almost here.  GO KNICKS

chitwood
chitwood

if he wanted one cohesive unit working toward one common goal,why would he keep Melo?

David Rivera
David Rivera

@chitwood I think Melo has shown on the world stage that he can contribute to a great team as a role player that scores the basketball. A championship team is a collection of great role players and Melo's role is to score the basketball.

Craig Gandolph
Craig Gandolph

OHHHHH sorry, I agree with your post, 100%. This is going to be a good year.

bsmooth1
bsmooth1

@Craig Gandolph Phil only has 2 rings as a player and 11 as a coach...Derek has 5 as you stated..so we have a wealth of championship credential from the both of them

bsmooth1
bsmooth1

@Craig Gandolph no problem..we are both Knick fans.  Anything will be better than last year for sure