Let’s face it, in order for a any program to get really good and get to the next level, they need quality players. Yesterday, Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry and his staff hosted two of the best players in the Class of 2018. Mars guard Robby Carmody and Ohio guard Dwayne Cohill, both Top 100 players, spent the afternoon in Pittsburgh,
Cohill is a 6-4 shooting guard from Holy Name HS in Cleveland, Ohio and is currently ranked as the #76 player in the country. Cohill is a nationally recruited player, so the bottom line is even getting him on campus is a win for Duquesne.
“I had never been on campus or seen the facilities but everything I saw I liked. The facilities were nice, the coaching staff is great and I love Coach Ferry and his staff. The academic support staff were great, overall it was a really good time,” said Cohill.
“Everything Coach Ferry does (style of play), it’s basically my AAU’s style of play, we get up and down, we just get to the basket and play for each other. That style of play is very intriguing to me.”
Another plus for Duquesne in the eyes of Cohill is the city of Pittsburgh itself, which reminds him a lot of his hometown of Cleveland.
“It’s right in the heart of the Pittsburgh. It’s 10 minutes from the football field and the baseball field and the hockey arena, literally you walk across the street from the gym and you’re at the hockey arena. You literally get to see the entire city from your college campus. It’s just great and reminds me of Cleveland a lot,” said Cohill.
Aside from being highly talented, Cohill is a very mature kid and has all of the characteristics to be a leader in college. When we were talking about him as a player, he stressed being an on court leader, being a hard worker and talked about his passion for basketball.
“I want to be a great teammate all the time, that’s my #1 thing plus being a good person on and off the court. Plus, I want to make sure my teammates get as much love as I do,” said Cohill.
Right now, this super junior holds offers from hometown Ohio State, Xavier, West Virginia, Northwestern, Northwestern and Duquesne. Is Cohill close to deciding or have a favorite?
“I think I’m still in the beginning and unless I just find the perfect situation for me, I think I’m still in the beginning stages and just learning the recruiting process, letting things fall into place and taking things slowly,” said Cohill.
Cohill will continue to evaluate schools and basketball programs but is thinking about the message the Duquesne coaches expressed to him, being the face of the program.
“It’s definitely intriguing when they said you can come in and get the ball your freshman year and play a lot for 4 years. So it’s very intriguing to hear something like that.”
// Header image: Photo courtesy of Dwayne Cohill