"It's All About The Game"

Jamesville-DeWitt understands NHSHF opportunity






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Syracuse school looking to rock and roll.


December 9, 2011 - When talking to head coach Bob McKenney of Syracuse’s Jamesville-Dewitt (NY), it was evident he values the opportunity the National High School Hoops Festival affords his Red Rams. “We’re really, really excited” shared the program’s leader. “A public school like we are doesn’t have the opportunity to do something like that”.

What would that be? Play DeMatha Catholic (MD) at 7:30p, Saturday, December 10th, in NHSHF action.

“DeMatha is obviously a highly regarded national program” continued McKenney of the matchup. “We are thrilled for the opportunity”.

DaJuan Coleman is one of America's top seniors (SIF.net).

Though DeMatha is nationally regarded, don’t sleep on the Red Rams, winners of four consecutive New York state Class A (Jamesville-Dewitt has around 800 students) titles. You win those crowns with coaching – McKenney and his staff amply provide that - and talent.

Leading the players in terms of impact is DaJuan Coleman, the 6’10”, 285 pound frontcourt performer, headed to Syracuse University next year. McKenney noted of his best player “Obviously DaJuan is one of the most highly ranked players in the country. He’s a big powerful inside presence”, one that is developing a perimeter game.

Does this sound similar to another SU baller, Derrick Coleman, who actually favors DaJuan? Is the pair somehow related? “No, no relation” said a laughing McKenney when posed the query. “Up here it’s a huge question”.

No one questions Coleman’s frontcourt running mate, Tyler Cavanaugh, a 6’9” 225 pound, Class of 2012 forward committed to Wake Forest. McKenny views him as “more of an inside out” player for the Red, Rams, the squad’s “leading three point shooter at 41%” last year, one that has a “ Strong overall game”, and will actually “Handle it a little bit for us”.

Senior tri-captain Steve Drescher rounds out the frontcourt as “glue guy” guard-forward. Standing 6’2” and 175 pounds, Drescher has no real collegiate interest right now, though Colgate has shown some love, as have Division III schools in the Syracuse area.

McKenney’s backcourt consists of Class of 2014 guard Javar Kinsey, a fast, ball handling and solid shooter that gets to the rim well who must make “varsity decisions as a sophomore” and senior, 5’10” point guard Jordan Evans, who will play collegiate lacrosse at Syracuse.

The Red Rams are bucking to compete in NHSHF action. “We’re trying to keep them focused; we have a really big game here tomorrow (Thursday) and Tuesday when we get back” shared McKenney. Front and center for Jamesville-Dewitt is the National High School Hoops Festival.

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