On Saturday afternoon, a dream morphed into reality for Sandy Cohen.
Cohen, a 6’6”, 180-pound guard from Seymour High School, via his Twitter account, verbally committed to Buzz Williams and the Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball program for the 2014 campaign.
“Officially committed to Marquette,” Cohen tweeted on Saturday, “it has been my dream since I can remember! Making dreams a reality #MUBB”
A consensus top-100 recruit (including being ranked 70th overall in his class by ESPN.com), Cohen had also received offers from Creighton, George Washington, LaSalle, Memphis, Minnesota, UW-Green Bay, and UW-Milwaukee, respectively, before deciding on Marquette.
The second player to commit to MU’s 2014 recruiting class (joining Malek Harris of Chicago, who pledged his allegiance to the blue and gold in late June), the wiry Cohen put forth per game averages of 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds en route to garnering honorable mention all-state accolades—for D-II—during his junior season.
Fitting the mold of long, athletic players who have thrived in Williams’ system, Cohen, who took part in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy earlier in the summer, acknowledged earlier in the month that the Golden Eagles were the lead horse in regards to his preferred collegiate destination.
“I really like Marquette,” said Cohen, as reported by nbcsports.com on July 4. “Right now Marquette’s probably my favorite. I just like the hometown, I really like Coach Buzz Williams, I just really like Marquette as a whole, as a college and everything.”
While Cohen’s attributes and versatility on the hardwood are more than evident, the Green Bay native acknowledges that in order to take his game to the next level, he and the weight room will become close friends.
“Really, what I think would take my game to the next level is strength,” cited Cohen, according to nbcsports.com. “Get in the weight room a lot; I’ve got a personal trainer now so I’m trying to put on a little weight before I go to college. I think that would help me a lot. When you’re strong, it’s hard for a person to guard you.”