This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.
Basketball player Jake Cohen doesn’t know yet the exact date this summer he’ll be arriving in Israel, but he is excited to be coming. The recent 6’10” Davidson College graduate and standout forward hassigned a multi-year deal with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.
He expects to be getting on a plane to Ben-Gurion International Airport not long after finishing up a stint on the Phoenix Suns’ Summer League squad — the reason he will not be playing in the 19th Maccabiah Games.
Cohen, 22, led the Davidson Wildcats to back-to-back Southern Conference Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. Earning consecutive conference player of the year honors, Cohen was Davidson’s all-time leader in blocks and starts and concluded his college career ranked among the school’s Top-10 in points, rebounds, field-goals made, field-goals attempted, free-throws made, free-throws attempted, free-throw percentage and games played.
Cohen recorded double figures 97 times and reached the 20-point plateau 21 times, including a career-high 32 points in Davidson’s 75-59 win at Southern Conference rival College of Charleston Feb. 14, 2013. Against third-seeded Marquette in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Cohen led all scorers with a game-high 20 points.
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