Each week over the summer, The Juice Online will be counting down the top 15 players in Syracuse basketball history. Derrick Coleman is No. 2 on our list.
WHY HE’S NO. 2: Coleman was one of the best rebounders in Syracuse history, and in his four year career, he averaged 15.0 points and 10.8 rebounds. He was named three times to the All Big East First Team and left The Hill as the school’s all time leading scorer. In his freshman year, he helped the Orangemen to its first ever NCAA title game. In his sophomore year, Syracuse started the season as the No. 1 ranked team. In his four years, Coleman’s teams went 114-30, and he eventually had his No. 44 jersey retired.
AFTER SYRACUSE: Coleman was selected with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets in 1990. He had a strong start to his career, winning the 1991 Rookie of the Year Award, and was a 1994 All Star. Still, Coleman was never the superstar he was originally thought to be. But he did have a solid 15 year career with five different teams and ended up with career averages of 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.