"They started recruiting me my sophomore year," Cooney said of the Orange. "That was pretty much when the process started for everyone. They were the first ones there and over time I was able to build the best relationship with the coach."
Cooney, ranked No. 44 by Scout.com and No. 9 at the shooting guard position in the junior class, had Notre Dame, West Virginia and Maryland on his short list. Syracuse, however, just kept ascending. "Maybe in the beginning (someone else led) when Villanova was around. That was close to home but that was really early in the process but Syracuse kept coming."
In time, if Cooney would provide Syracuse with a little bit of what Andy Rautins gives them, Boeheim would be very pleased.
"I really feel like I have a lot in common with Coach Hopkins who was recruiting me. Later in the process when I got to know Boeheim it was great. He's a hall of famer, who wouldn't want to play for him.
"I guess they see me how Andy is playing now. If I can develop into that role that would be awesome. I think I could be very successful there if I can go into that role."
Syracuse has done for itself with players from the Philadelphia area. Cooney attends Sanford in nearby Hockessin, Del. His traveling teammate Dion Waiters signed with the Orange last fall and Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine are products of the Tri-state area.