Mount Vernon Guard Has Solid NIKE Camp

Though he is just a rising sophomore, Mike Coburn is a player to watch this summer

Mount Vernon High School continues to produce some of the best talent on the high school level. And some of it was on display at the NIKE camp in Indianapolis this past week. And one of them is rising sophomore guard Mike Coburn, the 5-foot-11, 172-pound floor general.

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 many programs will be watching -- including several Big East schools like Connecticut, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and St. John's. These schools have already expressed serious early interest in Coburn's skills.


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