Keeping An Eye On The Young Talent

The Connecticut program is keeping a eye on one of the more talented young players in the New York City area

Every Connecticut fan knows how important recruiting Mount Vernon High School players has been important to its recent success. And there are a few young players that the National Champs are keeping a close eye on this summer.

And one of them is rising sophomore guard Mike Coburn, the 5-foot-11, 172 pound floor general. Coburn played very well at this past week's NIKE camp in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Coburn had a chance to run the point for a very talented team, led by 6-foot-10 Duke commit Josh McRoberts and one of the top guards in the country in Georgia-bound Louis Williams, and he's fit right in.

"I think I've played well," said Coburn. "I've got a great team, with Louis and Josh. I didn't know what to expect coming in, actually, seeing that this is my first time, so I'm just playing hard and trying to win."

Coburn isn't the only representative of the Mount Vernon's state championship winining program in Indianapolis. Rising junior Jon Mitchell also performed well at IUPUI, and head coach Bob Cimmino was also at the camp coaching.

Mitchell, who had his first go-round with the sneaker camps last summer, gave Coburn some advice on how to handle it. "He told me basically what it's going to be like," said Coburn. "He told me that a lot of guys would be out there trying to do their thing, but to just play hard and play my game." Coburn did that. The precocious point man will be a cornerstone to Mount Vernon's program over the next three years, and should be back in Indianapolis next July. And it's a safe bet the Connecticut staff will be there watching again.

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