Do you know who Bob McKenney is? You should. He’s the CNY answer to the Baltimore/D.C. pipeline. McKenney has churned out SU recruits as well anyone since he got going as head coach at Jamesville-Dewitt High School.
In fact, his run of three state championships this decade has produced plenty of talent from D-1 through D-3. Luckily, the Orange has benefited from the two biggest fish, Andy Rautins and Brandon Triche.
The next in this pipeline?. Dajuan Coleman.
The Fizz first alerted Orange Nation to Coleman after his freshman year back in August, when we told you“Syracuse is perceived to be the leader for his services because they are the hometown school. Coleman said he enjoys a strong relationship with head coach Jim Boeheim and associate head coach Mike Hopkins.”
And while we try to avoid as much cradle-robbing as possible here on The Fizz, this kid is anything but child-like. Just a sophomore, he stands at 6’9″, 280 pounds listed in the class of 2012.
We’ve spoken with coach McKenney, and everytime Coleman’s name comes up, the same phrase comes up.
“The growth plates are open,” is a phrase that’s just downright scary for a kid who’s 16 years old and this big.
Coleman is in SU’s backyard, while Villanova, UConn, Rutgers, and Oklahoma are already at the fence door.
If history repeats itself, then coach Murphy and Hopkins will be turning the heat up on yet another prized recruit from J.D. in the coming year.