Syracuse forward DaJuan Coleman could return by start of season

Syracuse forward DaJuan Coleman could be ready to play by mid-November or December.
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Syracuse forward DaJuan Coleman could be ready to play by mid-November or December, head coach Jim Boeheim said on an ESPN podcast.

Coleman underwent surgery on his knee to repair an undisclosed injury in January and missed the rest of the season.

Boehim said he and his staff hope Coleman can start running in November. If he is able to return to game play by mid-November, there is a chance he could be ready for the start of the season.

The Orange play their first exhibition Nov. 2 against Carleton and open the regular season Nov. 14 against Kennesaw State. experts pick their Best Team Not To Win A Title

Coleman, a junior, played in 13 games last season before injuring himself, averaging 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was the team's top interior defensive presence before he was lost for the year.

Syracuse won all 15 games it played with Coleman available and went on to win its first 25 of the season before losing four of its last six regular season games and falling in the round of 32 to Dayton in the NCAA tournament.

While the Orange will likely have Coleman back for most of the season, the team lost C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita, Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant. Ennis and Grant were selected in this summer's NBA draft.

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Veterans Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney return. Boeheim said on the podcast the two will be the leaders of the team.

Boeheim spent part of his summer as an assistant for Team USA during the FIBA World Cup. The U.S. won the gold medal for the second straight tournament.

The Orange begin practice on Friday.

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