SULLIVAN: Coburn high on Kentucky

The Rumble in the Bronx on the campus of Fordham University was not what was expected from the team Mike Coburn competed with this weekend. He isn't in any rush to make a decision. But Kentucky is very high on his list.

The Rumble in the Bronx on the campus of Fordham University was not what was expected from the team Mike Coburn competed with this weekend. The Rumble is usually a very competitive event in which some national teams line up duriing a weekend in June to challenge the best players from the New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey area. Coburn, an outstanding point guard from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, New York, is considered one of the best players in the 2007 class.

He isn't in any rush to make a decision either. But Kentucky is very high on his list. "They have a great coach and a great program," Coburn said. But Coburn added he is open in his recruiting process since he isn't close to making a college decision.

"I would say it won't officially start until next year, until after my junior year," Coburn told reporter Russ Blake after scoring 15 points in Bounce NYC's pool play loss to the New Jersey Roadrunners on Saturday at the 2005 Rumble in the Bronx. "Of course, many schools who have come in to look at Jon Mitchell have also shown interest in me too."

Mitchell and Coburn, of course, are teammates on Bob Cimmino's Mt. Vernon (NY) powerhouse program. For a change, the two did not play together this past weekend at the Rumble. Mitchell has also listed Kentucky high on his list. Neither Coburn nor Mitchell played for the Nike sponsored Metro Hawks this weekend, but Coburn explained that it was a mere quirk of fate.

"I always play for Mr. Couch one time every year," Coburn explained, referring to the Dyckman program founder and the backbone behind Bounce NYC. "This just happened to be the tournament I picked to play for him, and I will be back with the Metro Hawks in July."

With the Bounce squad, Coburn found himself in an unusual position: that of a scorer. Because his team lacked point producers, he was called upon to score more than he traditionally has for either the Metro Hawks or Mt. Vernon.

"In the first couple of games here, I tried to do what I usually do -- pass and set up teammates," he said. "So my coach told me to be more aggressive and score more."

While Coburn hasn't grown much (if at all) in the past year, the 5-11, 175 pound floor general is as poised and steady as they come. He's very under control, knows where everyone is on the floor and consistently delivers crisp, catchable passes. Precise and efficient are two adjectives that aptly sump up Coburn's game.

Not surprisingly, Coburn said that programs such as Connecticut, Villanova, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Kentucky have shown significant early interest.

Coburn has been invited to the Nike All-American Camp next month, then he'll hit the hoop circuit with the Metro Hawks at both the Nike Peach Jam and AAU Super Showcase. Following the July period, he'll cap the summer in late August at Five-Star Camp/Honesdale II session.


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