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One player who has seen his stock soar this spring is Sandy Cohen out of Seymour, Wisconsin. Read on to find out more about the intriguing guard prospect.

The EYBL circuit can bring out the best in a player. One guy who really reaped the benefits of some solid spring play is Sandy Cohen of Seymour, WI.

Playing in the pressure cooker that is the EYBL, where so many games are close, Cohen kept an even keel and did what he knows he does best.

"It seems like every game in the EYBL is close," he said. "I don't try to be the hero. I make the passes when my teammates are open."

Of course, it didn't hurt having Rashad Vaughn on his team. The Minnesota native Vaughn gave Cohen a great outlet and allowed both of them to play well together all spring.

"Rashad is a great player and takes a lot of pressure off of me," Cohen said. "Honestly he could be a point guard too."

But Vaughn didn't steal Cohen's point guard role from him. Instead, he often puts Cohen in position to excel as a point guard.

"I'm a pass first guard, but I can shoot too when I need to," he said. "I'm versatile. Really I can play the one or the two."

The schools recruiting Cohen are giving him the opportunity to play both guard spots for the most part. But no matter what position he's labeled as, he expects to be handling the ball.

"I think I fit best in an uptempo offense," he said. "Some colleges are recruiting me as a point and some are as a combo."

Cohen's list of schools recruiting him is very diverse, but if anything it's an indication of just how much his recruitment has taken off this spring alone.

"Providence was recruiting me as just a point. Pretty much the rest of the schools want me as a combo," he said. "I've been hearing from Marquette, Memphis, Minnesota, Kentucky, Illinois, Wake Forest, Creighton, North Dakota, Wisconsin-Green Bay."

And it's been a fast rise for Cohen, who is still trying to completely grasp the increased interest he's getting from schools.

"I went from just UW Green Bay and North Dakota to having Big Ten, ACC, and SEC schools calling me," he admitted. "It's been crazy."

Not many schools made it to see Cohen at his high school this past season, but that won't be the case anymore.

"Really just UW Green Bay came to see me during my high school season," he said. "Now, all the attention is nothing too big to me. It's been tough, but it's a good thing. All of the hard work is paying off."

A few schools in particular stood out to Cohen when he started to hear from them.

"Kentucky, Minnesota, Marquette, and Memphis were all great to hear from," he said. "Especially Kentucky. I like all of those coaches."

Illinois looks to solidify themselves in that group soon, and Cohen hopes they join, too.

"Illinois says they're not the type of school to offer someone without seeing them play in person," he said. "So hopefully I can earn an offer from them soon too."

And being a ball-handler, it's only right that Cohen has been in touch the most with former college point guard and Illinois assistant Jamall Walker.

"So far I've just been talking with Coach Walker," Cohen said. "He's a cool guy. I really like the staff at Illinois."

The EYBL circuit is on hold until the Peach Jam, which will give Cohen a chance to hit the road and see the schools on his list.

"I'll start taking visits by mid-June," he said. "I'll probably visit Marquette since they're so close and I like them. It's possible that I visit Illinois too. I need to talk to my mom, my dad, and my high school coach."

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