Jadon Cohee has an NCAA Div. 1 hoops home starting in the fall of 2014.
The long, lean, 64 point guard, who was a key factor in Walnut Grove Secondarys senior boys basketball team winning its first ever provincial Triple A title this past March, has committed to Seattle University.
I really like Seattle because I have a special relationship with the coach [Cameron Dollar], Cohee said during a late afternoon practice Tuesday at Walnut Grove Secondary. He came to all my games this summer. It [Seattle] is really close to home.
But before he heads down the I-5 to tip off his post-secondary career with the Redhawks, Cohee has another year to go with his hometown Gators.
The goal, of course, is to win another B.C. title when the coveted provincial Triple A tournament returns to the Langley Events Centre this coming March.
Thats my No. 1 goal right now, Cohee said. To get better every day and to win the [B.C.] championship again.
First, the Gators have to get there; then they have to make it to the final, a feat they accomplished the past two years running.
In 2012, the Walnut Grove boys suffered heartbreak at the hands of the Terry Fox Ravens, falling 75-74 in a game decided by a clutch basket with 3.4 seconds to go in the contest.
Cohee was named to the tournament first-all star team that year.
This year brought redemption.
Cohee garnered tournament MVP honours in leading the Gators to the B.C. title.
In the championship final, WGSS defeated the White Rock Christian Academy Warriors 59-53 inside a raucous, nearly full LEC arena bowl.
Cohee scored a game-high 22 points in the victory.
It was unreal, Cohee said, reflecting on the win. Especially after losing my Grade 10 year.
For the soon-to-be Grade 12, its all about looking ahead to not only the upcoming high school hoops season, but what lies beyond.
Im just going to get in the gym every day, practice as much as I can, Cohee said. I want to get there [to Seattle University] and play every day. Im not nervous; Im more excited.
This season Cohee expects to receive plenty of extra attention from opposing defences. Hes okay with that because he knows that will open up more offensive opportunities for his teammates.
When it comes to individual stats, Cohee said he could care less.
All I care about is winning, Cohee said.
Cohee is coached at Walnut Grove by his dad Mike along with George Bergen, and others.
Bergen, Cohees coach for the past two years, said his ace player buys into the Gators team-first concept.
He really plays well within a team structure, Bergen said. I think that is one of his best qualities, is his ability to use his teammates.
Bergen said the limit to what Cohee can do in the future is up to him.
He obviously has lots of natural ability, he said. Hes long, and add that with a lot of athletic ability, and youve got a pretty special point guard.
Cohee trains and plays club basketball under the tutelage of Pasha Bains, a former NCAA Div. 1 player who is the all-time leading scorer in B.C. boys Triple A tournament history with 317 points in 12 games.
Bains is the founder and head coach of the DRIVE basketball academy.
Cohee will join two other DRIVE players, guards Emerson Murray and Manroop Clair, on the Redhawks roster.
Hes just a really determined and dedicated kid and one of the most passionate kids Ive ever seen in basketball, Bains said, of Cohee. His best years are ahead of him. Hes not going to Seattle U to sit on the bench. Hes going to be a major contributor with Seattle U for the next four or five years.
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