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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Coleman Talks Elite 24

By By Brandon Parker

Dajuan Coleman may only be a teenager, but he's a veteran when it comes to elite basketball. The Jamesville-DeWitt senior center and No.15-ranked player in the ESPNU 100 is entering his third stint at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 this week.

My fellow ESPNHS colleague Dave Auguste, who is on the scene at Venice Beach, caught up with the highly coveted big man to talk about his past experiences as well as who Coleman hopes to dunk on in Wednesday's midnight run.
On the difference between Rucker Park (Elite 24's former home) and Venice Beach: "The biggest difference between the two venues is the environment and the fans. Rucker Park is more live and the fans are into the game. But I'm just out here to play and have some fun.
On last year's highlights: "It was more memorable than Rucker Park because I actually scored. I had like 8 or 10 points. Playing in the Elite 24 is always fun, though, because it's the last game of the summer.

Thoughts on Midnight Run: "I'm looking forward to playing Kevin Love because he's the only real big man out here. I scrimmaged against him in my first year at Elite 24 (in 2009). I'm going to try to do my best against him and, if I can, I'm going to try and dunk on him."

Looks like the trash talk has already begun in Venice Beach! But hey, it's a showcase rooted in streetball, so that's no surprise.

To find out if Coleman does indeed bang on Love as well as other inside news from Elite 24, follow my dude Dave Auguste on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste while he's out in Cali. And of course, tune in to ESPNU this weekend for coverage of the dunk contest (Friday 6 p.m.) and big game (Saturday 7 p.m.).

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter (@brandoncparker) or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.