Not only did he compete in Lebron James’ camp, but he also led his AAU team to the championship game in the Nike Peach Jam tournament.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from the Class of 2011 has offers from some of the top schools in the country, but a select few are pursuing him more than others.
Cooney says that Syracuse, Rutgers, Villanova, and Ohio State are currently the schools recruiting him the hardest. Those schools plus West Virginia, Delaware, Wake Forest, and Maryland have all offered him a scholarship. He has visited all of the schools except Ohio State.
It has been rumored for quite awhile now that Cooney will likely stay on the East Coast, but that is not set in stone at this point.
“Sometimes I want to stay close to home and sometimes I want to get away,” Cooney said.
For Cooney, the most important factors in his decision are the coaching staff and the players the school is bringing in. A few schools already seem to have a bit of an edge at this point.
“I’m really close to the Villanova staff and the staff at Syracuse, Delaware, and Rutgers,” he said.
The guard, who says his strength is his basketball IQ, is quite aware of which schools are nabbing the top prospects. One school, known for its’ ability to develop guards, has garnered the notice of Cooney.
“It definitely shows what they can do with the players they bring in and develop,” Cooney said about the Villanova Wildcats.
A lot can still change at this point though, as he admits that he likely won’t make a decision until his senior year.
A recent scouting report from Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels: When he’s knocking down long range shots -- which is what he’s known for -- he can have a major factor on the game. For Team Final he’s a spot up guy that will mix a few off the dribble jumpers. As the year has gone on his confidence going off the dribble has improved is mid-range game is starting to come around.