July is one of the most important months for high school basketball players aspiring to play at the collegiate level.
For 2013 combo guard David Cohn, he's turning in some of his best performances at the perfect time. With a SLU offer on Monday, Cohn has compiled five offers in the past two days.
At six-foot-two, he can play either guard position and does so for the 17U Illinois Wolves.
"Personally, I'm not the one to talk about how I did individually, but I think that I played my role for the team," Cohn said. "That is to score the ball when needed and facilitate the ball when needed. I thought I did a pretty good of getting my teammates involved and fortunately they made their shots. . .I had some isolation plays from Coach [Mike] Mullins, and I made all my isolation plays."
His offer sheet currently includes Southern Illinois, Miami (OH), Central Michigan, Santa Clara, Valparaiso, Illinois State, UIC, Drake, among others.
This newfound exposure is largely because he hasn't played in July in years past. Last season, he had a broken wrist that forced him to sit out during the open periods.
The Billikens have had a long-lasting relationship with Cohn, despite just recently deciding to pull the trigger on a scholarship.
"I have a pretty good relationship with Coach [Jim] Whitesell," Cohn said. "I talked to him when he was at Loyola. He recruited me when I was a sophomore. When he moved to Saint Louis, I never really lost contact with them. He was always very open and helping me out and whatnot. I've talked with him since two springs ago and it didn't ever really get serious until a month ago. I started talking to him on a regular basis. . .I'm just very lucky and very blessed that it worked out this way. Coach [Rick] Majerus saw something in me and that's unbelievable."
He'd like to continue getting stronger and working on his jump shot to make it "a layup", he says. At 165 pounds, SLU head man Rick Majerus told him that he'd like to see Cohn get to 175 pounds before his college career begins.
With the familiarity with the staff, where does SLU stand on his list?
"Saint Louis ranks right there with [William & Mary and Colorado State]," he said. "You look at everything they have to offer, it's pretty hard to turn down a scholarship offer from Saint Louis. They're definitely going to be up there and I'm going to try to make a visit as soon as possible."
"I can make my teammates better," he said. "I can get them the ball. I can drive and get them a wide open shot. I don't really care how many points I score. I just want to win each and every time I play. Whatever the winning play is, I'm going to try to make it."
When it comes down to it, academics will play a strong role in his final decision, but expect a choice to be handed down by August.
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