For members of the class of 2018, this summer has been one full of emotions and memories. The end of July brought with it the end of AAU careers, and with that the breaking of bonds with teammates that have in some cases lasted for nearly a decade.
For Parma Heights (Ohio) Holy Name guard Dwayne Cohill, it was all that and more. For a second straight year, Cohill took also part in a 10-day tournament in Italy alongside other prep basketball players in mid-April that left a lasting impression.
“I got to meet a lot of people, see a lot of cool things, things that you might not get to see in your lifetime and I’ve gotten to go there twice,” he told The Dispatch. “It was a great journey.”
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Cohill said the tournament featured teams from Canada, Spain, Italy, China and other countries and that his team came up just short in the championship game. It all provided a respite from that grind that has been an increasingly high-profile recruitment stemming back to his freshman season while also trying to lead the Green Wave to a championship.
In early July, as he was kicking off his final summer of AAU basketball, Cohill released a list of his top 10 schools. It contains Ohio State, and it remains pinned to the top of Cohill’s Twitter page as he tries to narrow it down to five or six finalists. Monday night, Cohill added an offer from Missouri.
For now, two official visits are scheduled. He’ll visit the Buckeyes on Sept. 23 and Virginia Tech on October 20.
Thankful for all the schools who have recruited me but this is my top 10! I want to thank God but hard work truly pays offpic.twitter.com/qXJiTzWetz— Dwayne Cohill (@therealdwayne35)July 7, 2017
“Based on the relationship I have with the coaches and some of the players there and the way I feel like I could fit in there and go in and make an impact right away,” Cohill said of why those two schools are the first to go on the calendar.
The plan is to schedule all five of his allowed official visits, but it’s possible he won’t need to use them.
“I’ve always said if I take a visit somewhere and that feels like home for me then I won’t have to take all five of them,” he said. “I’m going to set all five just in case and I’ll go from there.”
Cohill said he will commit somewhere before his senior season begins so that he can give his full focus to his teammates and the goal of bringing a title to Holy Name.
A consensus four-star prospect, Cohill is rated as the No. 4 prospect in his class from Ohio according to 247Sports.com. The top three have committed to schools other than Ohio State, as has No. 5 prospect and former Buckeyes verbal commitment Dane Goodwin from Upper Arlington.
Although Cohill said he’d discussed playing together with several of them at Ohio State at least once, their commitments elsewhere don’t make him feel pressured to pick the Buckeyes.
“They found the right fit for them,” he said. “I’m happy for them going where they’re going and hope it works out for them. It’s not about just because it’s your home-state school you’ve got to stay there. It’s about finding the place where you’re going to be able to fit in, where you’re going to be able to develop the most at.”
And as for the trip to Italy, Cohill said the best food he tried was a dessert.
“I had tiramisu for the first time,” he said.