I first heard about David Kool from Michigan Mustangs (AAU) coach Norm Oden after his 15-and-under squad knocked out Speedy Walker’s 15-and-under team in the AAU state championship last year. Despite a 30 point-plus effort from then freshman phenom Ramar Smith, Kool led his team to victory and was named the tourney MVP. After his strong play in all of the tournaments up to that point, Coach Oden insisted that his young prodigy should be mentioned in the same breath as Smith. Some have scoffed at that notion, but what isn’t debatable is this kid has game! “He’s VERY good,” Oden said last summer. “People look at him and think that he isn’t a player, but once they see him on the court it’s a whole different story! He can shoot it, pass it, and rebound. His will be a name that people will definitely hear about.”
Though only a sophomore, Kool is already rated one of the top 25 high school players in the state (regardless of class) by the Detroit Free Press’ Mick McCabe and the #2 shooting guard in his class by Vince Baldwin’s Prep Spotlight. His play has certainly caught Michigan’s attention and he’s been to at least 3 football and 2 basketball games already. He was in the house for Wolverines’ thrilling win over Purdue on Saturday and after the game the interest shown by the staff was apparent. I caught up with David last night and chatted with him about his game, his favorites, and what he’ll be looking for in a school.
How has your season been going thus far?
“It’s been going pretty good. We’re 9-3 so far and 7-2 in the league. We’re a couple games back from the league leader (9-0 Wyoming Park). We beat a team we lost to earlier in the year (66-57 over Holland Christian), so we’re coming on real strong right now. I’m averaging 23 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds per game this season.”
What position do you play now, and where do you see yourself playing in college?
“Right now I play the 1,2, and the 3, but they have me starting at the 2. I think I’ll probably play the 1 in college. That’s where Michigan is looking at me.”
Describe your game for those who haven’t been able to watch you play.
“I’m 6-2 180. I’d say that I like to get to the rim first and go to my jump shot next. I play tough defense and I rebound. I’d say I’m a complete player.”
Is there a player in college or the pros that you’d compare yourself to?
“There really isn’t one guy I’d compare myself to. I’d say I’m a combination of a lot of players. I don’t really model my game after 1 guy. In terms of how I play, I’d say maybe like Lester Abram. He likes the slash and then pull up, which is what I like to do.”
What colleges have you heard from?
“Basically all of the Big Ten schools are recruiting me the hardest, but I’ve gotten letters from all over. Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and Florida are a few off the top of my head.”
What schools have you visited thus far?
Did you have a favorite school growing up?
“It’s been Michigan my whole life.”
While it’s very early in your process, are there any schools that stick out on your list… and have you thought about when you’re going to try and make a decision?
“Right now the top schools on my list are Michigan and Michigan State. There’s no doubt about it. I’d say that I’ll be making my decision after my junior year.”
What are some of the things you’ll be looking for in a school?
“I want to go where I feel comfortable with the coach. I also want make sure it’s a place that has players I enjoy playing with.”
We’ll have much more on David in the weeks to come.