Dwayne Cohill is an elite student-athlete currently attending Holy Name High School in Cleveland. The 6’4 combo-guard standout is one of the best Sophmores in the country, with recruiting services such as 247, Scout, and Rivals all ranking Dwayne within the top 100 players in the nation for the class of 2018. Cohill is likely to receive a plethora of offers this summer playing for OBC on the AAU circuit, as college coaches will crave Dwayne’s blend of size, athleticism, and skill that is highly sought after in today’s college basketball world.
I. HIGH SCHOOL SEASON & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: The High School season didn’t go as well as expected – can you tell us a bit about how things went for the team and for you individually?
DC: As a team we were very young and inexperienced. We had one senior on the team, and he is a football player first and foremost, as he is committed to Toledo. We depended on a few guys, including myself, to provide leadership, even though we were young. We had ups and downs but showed flashes of being really good. Overall, I seen lots of improvement by guys throughout the whole season. For me personally, I reached point number one thousand this year, so that was a great individual achievement, and I was also named first team all conference along with a few other achievements. So for myself, I was proud but not satisfied because at the end of the day it’s about team success and the season didn’t come together the way I wanted it to.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
DC: I am an athletic combo-guard that will do anything my team needs in order to win. I play above the rim and working hard to improve my jumpshot and perimeter skills every day. I can be the on floor coach and lead in whatever it is I do. Also, I’m very versatile as a defender, I guard 1-5 and play 1-5, so I don’t confine myself to any single position. I consider myself more of a basketball player that will play whatever role the coach needs, and will play it with a tenacity.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
DC: Depends – if school is in, then three times a week. In the offseason usually twice a day. I lift four times a week and usually work for about an hour and a half on my skill development.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
DC: My favorite subject is Math. I’m very good with numbers, and I find it interesting.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
DC: I plan to major in financing or accounting.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
DC: Watching Netflix. My favorite show is Criminal Minds, or watching Straight Outta Compton. Also, I like to spend time with my Mom and chill with my friends whenever possible.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
DC: I have offers from Xavier, West Virginia, Penn State, Toledo, Duquesne, Youngstown State
EM: Which schools do you hear from the most?
DC: Xavier, West Virginia, Penn State, Toledo, Duquesne, Michigan, Dayton
EM: Can you talk about the relationship you have with the University of Michigan/Coach Beilein a bit?
DC: I’ve only talked to Coach Beilein once when I went on my visit to UM. He’s a great guy and he’s one of the most upfront coaches. He told me straight up that if I was to go there he holds all of his players accountable, from the star player all the way to the player at the end of the bench. And when he told me that I gained a lot of respect for him not only as a coach, but as a man. Overall, I would say my relationship with Coach Beilein is very good.
EM: Any plans to visit UM in the future?
DC: Yes, for sure. I plan on setting up another visit soon. There are so many places that I want to visit in so little time, but I definitely plan to visit UM again.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
DC: My relationship with the coaches. Are the coaches going to recruit me to help me better myself as an adult as well as a basketball player? That’s important to me. I want to make sure the coaches push me in the classroom. Also, development is big for me, my dream is to continue my career professionally. And finally, if I were to get hurt would the school/coach still be there for me if I weren’t able to play ball anymore?
EM: Can we talk about AAU a bit, how did it go this past weekend in Texas? Are you excited for the challenge of playing on the national scene?
DC: We went 4-1 and lost to Urban DFW from Dallas. Even though we had the one loss, we didn’t have much time to practice together but we clicked like we have been playing together for a long time, so I’m excited to see where this team goes and what this season has in store for us. I’m very excited, as the rest of my teammates are, to be playing on the national scene. We want to make a statement on why we believe we are the best team in the country. I believe 100% that we can be the best team in the country if we play the way we know how to.
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
DC: To grow as a person off the court. On the court, I just want to continue to get stronger by getting in the weight room and learning the game more. Continue to better my game everyday and pick up more offers in the process. Just want to be a sponge to whatever anyone has to teach me about life or basketball.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
DC: Stay focused in school, because if you want to be great in basketball and go to college on scholarship and do big things on the court, school has to come first. And don’t get caught up in rankings and offers, or people telling you how good you can be. Keep yourself to a high standard and always push yourself. Last, just love the game because you never know when it can be taken away.