Canadian star Cohee picks Seattle U

Jadon Cohee

Jadon Cohee could've been born and raised in the most barren basketball wasteland on Earth, and he'd still garner plenty of attention from Division 1 college programs.

Any 6-foot-4 point guard with an endless motor and junior-year averages of 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds for a championship team would find his name in the notebooks of scouts across the NCAA map. But Cohee hails from one of the fastest-rising hoops hotbeds in the world, which definitely made him a hotter commodity on the recruiting trail.

Canada is becoming a force. Steve Nash's NBA career may be winding down, but the country has recently produced a crop of young pros and college standouts that cannot be ignored. In 2013, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft (Anthony Bennett) and the No. 1 recruit in the U.S. high school senior class (Andrew Wiggins) each hailed from Canada.

Cohee (Class of 2014) is entering his senior year at Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, British Columbia, where he led the Gators to the AAA provincial championship last season. He was drawing interest from Washington, Oregon, Washington State, Utah, Santa Clara, Nevada and Portland before verbally committing to Seattle University last week.

Coming off a strong summer campaign with his Drive ELITE AAU team, Cohee spoke to Redhawk Nation about his game and his recruitment:

REDHAWK NATION: Describe your game to someone who's never seen you play.

Jadon Cohee: I play up-tempo. I'm at my best in a full-court style when I can get the ball and just go. I'm good at getting into the lane to score myself or create for others.

What are your other strengths?

I think I'm a really good passer. I pride myself on making other players better. I think my mid-range game is really good, too.

What are your weaknesses?

I want to work on being a more consistent three-point shooter. I've been streaky. Some games I'll hit five threes, some games I'll only hit one. I wanna be a lock-down defender, too.

Is there an NBA or college player you'd compare yourself to?

I try to model my game after Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams.

What were you up to this summer with Drive ELITE?

We played in a lot of tournaments in the Northwest. We also played in Houston and Vegas. I was able to work on the things I want to improve. Usually in the first half (of a game) I'd work on those things, then in the second half -- when you're really trying to win -- I might go back to what I know I'm good at. But I'm not afraid to take chances. If it's there, I'll take it.

How and when did Seattle U enter the recruiting picture?

They were involved early. Seattle U watched every one of my games they could this summer, which really impressed me. It was humbling for them to always be there.

Which member of the coaching staff was the lead recruiter for you?

Coach (Cameron) Dollar. He was at every single one of my games. That meant a lot, because he's the main guy running the program. For him to take time out of his day to watch me, that meant a lot.

What were you looking for in a college during the recruiting process?

I want to go somewhere I can get better every day and be pushed, and play my style of play. I'd heard nothing but good things about Coach Dollar. And he's an ex-point guard himself, so that was good. I'm really excited about their program.

What schools made your final list?

I had interest from a lot of schools, but when I committed, I had offers from Seattle and Portland.

What made you pick Seattle U?

I had a good relationship with Coach Dollar, and I just felt Seattle was a good fit for me. There are two other guys from British Columbia on the team, Emerson Murray and Manroop Clair, and they said nothing but good things about the school.

Did you have a timetable in mind for when you wanted to commit?

I wanted to decide early. I think it takes some of the pressure off going into my senior year, so I can focus on trying to win another provincial championship and trying to repeat as "Mr. Basketball" in British Columbia.

What role do you see yourself playing in your freshman year at SU?

I'd like to get minutes and make an impact. I don't know exactly where I'll be in the rotation. I want to be in the starting lineup, but you never know. I feel like by my sophomore year I'll be playing major minutes for sure.

What kind of player should SU fans expect to see once you suit up for the Redhawks?

I'm naturally loud, so I'll be talking out there for sure, trying my best to be a leader. I'll bring lots of energy. I'm pretty athletic, so you'll see some dunks and a lot of running.

How do you think Coach Dollar's system matches your game?

I watched some games last year, and I saw that Coach Dollar gives his guards a lot of freedom. He allows them to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes.

So now that you've committed, how do you feel? What's next?

I'm happy that I accomplished one of my dreams: I'm going to a Division 1 college. But now is only the beginning. Now I want to excel at Division 1. I'm going to keep working every day to get better. I'm not taking any days off.


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