Coleman returning to Syracuse in 2016-17


Syracuse center Dajuan Coleman will be back with the Orange for the 2016-17 season, according to Ben Sigel of

Classified as a senior, the big man arrived as a member of the 2012 recruiting class, has been enrolled in school since the 2012-13 academic year and plans to graduate at the end of this semester. However, Coleman has a year of eligibilty remaining after sitting out last season while recovering from knee surgery.

He won’t be transferring for that final year.

“I’m definitely coming back,” Coleman told “I never really thought about doing anything else.”

A consensus top-five center in the 2012 class, Coleman averaged 4.8 points and four rebounds per game with the Orange as a freshman. He suffered leg injury in December of his sophomore campaign, and after a brief return less than two weeks later, he missed the rest of the 2013-14 season.

This year, the 6-9, 268-pound big man has seen the most playing time of his career, starting all 28 games and averaging five points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.