According to the Post-Standard, Syracuse's hometown newspaper, 2012 C DaJuan Coleman is expected to announce his collegiate decision tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. ET. Coleman has a top three consisting of the Syracuse Orange, Kentucky Wildcats, and Ohio St. Buckeyes.
His hometown school Syracuse has long been considered the favorite. However, Coleman was one of Kentucky's "targeted" recruits, and a recent attendee of Big Blue Madness. John Calipari has made him the top priority at the 5 for the better part of a year, and most certainly made that known at BBM. Ohio State is likely a distant third. Coleman had scheduled an official visit to Columbus this weekend, but instead has chosen to announce his commitment.
Syracuse received the final word, as Coleman was on campus this past weekend and took in the football program's upset of West Virginia. Still, SBN's Syracuse blog, Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician, doesn't get the warm and fuzzies when it comes to Coleman's commitment.
While many have suspected Coleman would always go with the hometown team, I've always had my doubts. From what little I can surmise from his comments and actions, I just get the sense he doesn't want to be another guy who stayed home just because he was supposed to.
With Eloy Vargas graduating and likely to declare for the NBA Draft, the center position is a huge need for Kentucky in 2012. Kentucky's other center recruit is Willie Cauley, a big man from Kansas that may also be leaning towards staying in-state, playing for the Kansas St. Wildcats. Cauley is set to decide within the next couple of weeks as well, meaning John Calipari will either have an early big man Christmas present (or two), or need to write up a new wish list.