Cohill generating buzz in Dayton
PARMA - In high school basketball gyms in the Cleveland area, Dwayne Cohill flies around.
“Explosiveness on the court, he can jump really high," Holy Name student Armani Burton said. "He's got a good basketball IQ. He plays at a really high level."
The 6’3 senior guard from Holy Name High School can do some of everything on the court.
“I'm a slashing tough nose guard,” Dwayne Cohill said. ”I can play either position. I can score the ball well, defend well."
"Very dynamic with the ball, finishes well around the basket,” Holy Name Head Coach Jeff Huber said. “This year he's shot the ball extremely well. He's shooting about 44 percent on threes and about 81 percent from the free throw line."
Cohill is one of the top 100 high school players in the nation. He's also scored more than 2000 career points for the Green Wave.
“You don't get to coach too many of those guys,” Coach Huber said. “At least most of us don't, so that's been pretty neat."
In November, the four-star recruit signed with Dayton, choosing the Flyers over big name programs like Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt.
"It felt like I was coming back to Holy Name again, which is like one of the big things I wanted,” Cohill said. “It felt like a family feel there. I'm ready to get on the big stage, compete with the big boys.”
At UD Arena, Cohill is generating quite the buzz.
“This year I think they need some more scoring and I think he's leading the team in scoring he's with, averaging 27 or 29 points,” UD fan and Cleveland native Matt Maloney. “I think he's going to help us in the long run. From what he's done in Cleveland, if he can replicate that at UD, he's going to be a star."
“It's a blessing, I mean, it's something everybody dreams of, but not many get to do it,” Cohill said. “I got people out there that wants to see the best for me and best for the school. I know I got to put on for them."
The coaching staff is also excited about the future Flyer.
“Dwayne is a great young man, a great competitor,” Dayton head coach Anthony Grant said. “I think he really fits the University of Dayton. I think he fits the style that we want to play. I think he's a guy that can come in and have an immediate impact for us as a freshman, just because of his maturity, his physicality and his skill set."
So for all the Flyer faithful, Dwayne has a message for you.
“I’m going to be a positive role model in the community,” Cohill said. “We're going to get a lot of wins, we're going to go to the tournament and then we're going to get that win back and bring UD back."
Before Dwayne heads to UD this summer, he still has business to take care of on the court In high school. He's trying to lead Holy Name to a state title. The Green Wave take on Keystone in the district seminal Wednesday night at 7 pm.