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David Cohn Joins Tribe Men's Basketball Program
Updated: Monday 06/06/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary head men’s basketball coach Tony Shaver announced the addition of transfer guard David Cohn (Elmhurst, Ill./York) to the Tribe program. Cohn comes to W&M after playing his freshman season at Colorado State and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the fall of 2015 after sitting out next season due to the NCAA’s transfer rules.

“We are thrilled about the addition of David Cohn to our men’s basketball program,” Shaver said. “We have known David since early in his high school career, and he brings a high level of talent, maturity and competitiveness to our roster. His outstanding basketball IQ combined with speed and the ability to score the ball, make him a great fit for our style of play. He had a decorated prep career under the guidance of Coach Vince Doran at York High School (Elmhurst, Ill.) and flourished on the AAU circuit, playing for Coach Mike Mullins and one of the nation’s top AAU program, the Illinois Wolves.”

A 6-2 guard, Cohn appeared in 31 games for Colorado State last season, including five starts, and averaged 15 minutes per contest. He finished his freshman campaign at 3.9 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, dishing out 29 assists and notching 12 steals. Cohn shot 35.6 percent (16-of-45) from 3-point range and 79.2 percent (42-of-53) from the free-throw line, while sporting an assist-to-turnover ratio of better than 2-to-1.

Twice during the 2013-14 campaign, he scored a career-high 15 points. In his first game as a collegian, Cohn connected on 5-of-8 shooting and 2-of-4 from 3-point range finishing with 15 points in a victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He followed that with his first collegiate start at No. 14 Gonzaga on Nov. 11 and scored nine points on 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Cohn’s other 15-point effort came in a victory over Prairie View A&M when he was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, 3-of-3 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Cohn dished out a career-high four assists against Weber State and pulled down a career-best five rebounds to go with three steals vs. UTEP. He scored 10 points in a win over Southwest Oklahoma State and also tallied nine points in a win over UIC and at Wyoming late in in the Mountain West season.

Cohn was a three-star recruit by and rated the 29th-best combo guard in the Class of 2013 out of York High School in the Chicago Area. As a senior, he led the Dukes to a 21-7 overall record and the program’s first regional title since 2006, while averaging 17.4 points, five rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Cohn graduated from York as the program’s second-leading scorer at more than 1,600 career points. A two-time all-state selection, he was named to the Chicago Sun-Time's all-area team which honored the top 20 players in Chicago. As a junior in 2012, Cohn averaged 22 points, five assists and five rebounds per games and set a school single-game scoring record with 47 points. He played for one of the nation's top AAU programs in the Illinois Wolves coached by Mike Mullins.

Cohn is the fifth incoming player to the W&M program in 2014, joining 6-6 guard Oliver Tot (Bratislava, Slovakia/Kimball Union Academy), 6-4 guard Connor Burchfield (Concord, N.C./Concord), 6-5 guard Greg Malinowski (Chantilly, Va./Episcopal) and 6-8 forward Paul Rowley (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), who all signed National Letters of Intent and will be eligible to compete for the Green and Gold in the fall of 2014.  Cohn will be the sixth transfer to play at W&M during head coach Tony Shaver’s tenure. Adam Hess (2002-04), Hawley Smith (2003-05), Adam Payton (2005-07), Sean McCurdy (2008-10) and JohnMark Ludwick (2009-12) each earned their degrees from W&M after transferring into the program. Hess recently completed his sixth professional season in Germany and 10th overall in Europe, while Payton also played professionally in Europe after earning All-CAA honors for the Green and Gold. Both McCurdy and Ludwick were key contributors on the Tribe’s 22-win and 2010 National Invitation Tournament team, and Smith, who currently serves as the director of high school ministry at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, was a two-year captain.

The Tribe returns eight players, including two starters, from the 2013-14 team that produced the program’s seventh 20-win season. Last season, W&M advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game for the third time in the last seven years. Along with the incoming crop, the Tribe welcomes back First Team All-CAA guard Marcus Thornton, who has scored the most points for a W&M player through three seasons in program history, and reigning CAA Rookie of the Year Omar Prewitt. Terry Tarpey, like Thornton, returns after starting the majority of the Tribe’s contests in 2013-14, while both Sean Sheldon and Daniel Dixon were fixtures in the Tribe rotation and return after another year of seasoning.

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