Coleman thankful for All-American honor
Coast 2 Coast Hoops was in Chicago for the 35th McDonald's All-American Games, and caught up with 2012 Orange commit, DaJuan Coleman, about his experience at the event and his future at Syracuse.
"Its an incredible experince to be a McDonald's All-American," Coleman told C2C Hoops and Nation of Orange. "I've been dreaming about this since the 7th grade. It's a great experience and it's been really fun so I'm just blessed to be here and honored to be here."
"A couple of my coaches and family members came out here to support me, which was really great," he added. "I'm thankful for everyone that's supported me throughout my career."
Though the players were on a busy schedule throughout the event, they still had time to enjoy themselves.
"It was great to hang out with the guys," Coleman said, "there's some really talented players here so it was fun to hang out with them off the court and also compete against each other."
The players also got a chance to visit Chicago's Ronald McDonald House and spend time with the children there.
"The Ronald McDonald House was something I'll never forget," he said. "To go spend time with some of those kids who have life so hard and to see them happy and just having fun being around us was a good feeling and I'm glad we had the chance to do that."
Overall, Coleman said that he was honored to be a part of the event and that the experience was one he would cherish.
"You only get a chance like this once in your life and very few people get that chance, so I'm just blessed and I tried to make the most of the experience," he said.
Coleman watched Syracuse throughout the season, and was excited at the prospect of helping continue the school's tradition.
"They definitely had a great season," Coleman said. "They had a good run to the Elite Eight and they were one of the best teams in the country all year long. As a program the goal is always to win a National Championship, so I'm looking forward to coming in and being a part of the team next year."