There are many similarities between recent Syracuse commit DaJuan Coleman (Dewitt, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt) and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger -- two highly-rated big men coming out of high schoool. However, the beauty of Sullinger was that you knew his transition to college basketball was going to be seamless. He had the body and the résumé that led you to believe he was going to make short work of unsuspecting Big Ten big boys. Coleman isn't Sullinger, but he may be the closest thing to him in this class.
Coleman is a large human being. Like Sullinger, the bulk of his best work comes within a five feet of the hoop. Owning his area shouldn't be a problem. Understand this: he doesn't have Sullinger's overwhelming résumé of winning at every level, but then again, few did. Impact recruit is a word often overused, however, Coleman should be able to have a statistical and playing time impact on the Syracuse roster thanks to his physical prowess.
When sufficiently motivated Coleman is a candidate to respond and coach Jim Boeheim is up to the task. At the very least, Coleman is going to have an impact on Syracuse practices right from the start. Fellow big men Rakeem Christmas and Fab Melo are officially on notice because the local product wasn't recruited to sit on the bench. Imagine if Boeheim was able to max out those three frontcourt recruits at once. The addition of Coleman won't sell more tickets at the Carrier Dome, that place is at capacity, but it will change the competitiveness of the Orange's practices and that is a big deal to coaches.
From a perception standpoint, Syracuse needed to get this done and they did. Homegrown talent of this size doesn't come around often. In the end, they staved off two heavyweights in Kentucky and Ohio State, which gives the addition added buzz.