Mike Coburn Discusses His Recruiting

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Ever since former Metro Hawks Coach Dermon Player was hired on at Seton Hall, rumors have swirled that it could help the Pirates land 5-11 point guard Mike Coburn of Mount Vernon High School in New York. Reporter Russ Blake has the details from the Peach Jam ...

After scoring 14 points and guiding the Metro Hawks to a 78-69 double overtime victory over the Tennessee Travelers on Wednesday morning at the Nike Peach Jam, Mike Coburn said that rumors of him committing to Seton Hall were unfounded.

"We have a relationship and we are good friends, but it is not going to affect my decision," Coburn said.

Player, who was previously an assistant coach at St. John's University and Rice H.S. in Manhattan, had coached Coburn during the past two years with the Metro Hawks AAU program.

Last month, Player accepted a job as an assistant coach on Bobby Gonzales' staff at the Hall. Player was here at the Riverview Activities Center to watch Coburn's 11:30 a.m. game against the Travelers.

Coburn said that Seton Hall is one of the colleges that he is seriously considering, along with South Carolina, Rutgers and Virginia.

Coburn attended the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis last week, playing on a strong team that featured Blake Griffin, Durrell Summers and Scott Martin. That experience and a slate full of July games mean that Coburn probably isn't in any rush to reach a decision.

"Coach [Bob] Cimmino and I talked when I got back from the Nike Camp," Coburn explained. "He told me it's my choice, that I still have the whole summer ahead and not to rush anything."

A well built, penetrating point guard, Coburn is at his best setting up teammates. He needs to continue working on his outside shot, but he's a heady player who helps a team win ball games.

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