On Monday night, Syracuse officially announced that freshman forward DaJuan Coleman would miss the next four weeks after undergoing a surgical procedure on his left knee.
In his first season for the Orange, Coleman has started all 20 games this year, averaging 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. At 18-2 overall and 6-1 within the Big East Conference, the Orange are once again threatening amongst the best in the nation. Coleman is part of a front court rotation that once again allows Syracuse to protect the rim in their infamous 2-3 zone.
The loss of Coleman will certainly hurt the Orange moving forward, especially considering they are already without second-leading scorer James Southerland due to an eligibility issue. C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas will have to produce even more than they already do as the team’s top two rebounders. The injury to Coleman likely also means increased playing time for junior forward Baye Keita.
While Boeheim is hopeful that the Southerland issue will be resolved in the coming weeks, there certainly are no guarantees, especially given the situation with Fab Melo from a season ago. Surely, Syracuse fans are not putting all their eggs in one basket in relation to Southerland’s potential availability down the stretch.
Given the timetable of Coleman’s recovery, there is the chance that he may be able to return for Syracuse’s postseason run, not to mention the four week window in general could simply allow him to return for the final few regular season contests, as well. However, that remains to be seen at this time.
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