Jake Cohen

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Jake Cohen
No. 11 – Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Position Power forward
League Israeli Super League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1990-09-25) September 25, 1990 (age 24)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Nationality American / Israeli
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Conestoga
(Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania)
College Davidson (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Undrafted
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Maccabi Tel Aviv
2014 Maccabi Rishon Lezion
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x SoCon Player of the Year (Media) (2012, 2013)
  • SoCon Player of the Year (Coaches) (2013)
  • 2x First team All-SoCon (2012, 2013)
  • SoCon Freshman of the Year (2010)

Jacob Greer "Jake" Cohen (born September 25, 1990) is an American-Israeli[1] 6' 10" (2.08 m) professional basketball player who plays power forward for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League and Euroleague.

Cohen played college basketball for Davidson College from 2009 through 2013. He was a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year, as both a junior and senior. He finished his college career in the top 10 all-time in the Conference in career defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds, free throw percentage, free throws, and blocks.

Early life[edit]

Cohen is Jewish,[2][3] and was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to David (who had played basketball at Haverford College) and Kate Cohen.[2][4] Growing up he was a member of and attended Hebrew school at Temple Sholom in Broomall, where he had his Bar Mitzvah.[1][5] His older brother, Josh, played football at Dartmouth College.[4]

He was raised in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.[2] By seventh grade, he was 6' 1".[6]

High school[edit]

While a high school student, he played for the Philadelphia Jewish Community Center (JCC) team, which won a gold medal at the 2007 JCC Maccabi Games as he scored 33 points in the finals.[7]

In high school he played basketball at Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. As a junior in 2008 he averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game, and was named Main Line Player of the Year, All-Chester County, and All-Central League.[4][8]

As a senior in 2009 he averaged 17.6 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots a game.[4] He was named third-team Class AAAA All-State, Chester County Player of the Year, Central League MVP, All-Main Line, and a McDonald’s All-American nominee in 2009.[4] He was a four-year Honor Roll student.[4]

College career[edit]

Cohen, a 6' 10" power forward, came to Davidson College in the 2009–10 season, and quickly joined the starting lineup of the Wildcats. He became the first freshman to lead Davidson in scoring since All-American Stephen Curry, averaging 13.3 points per game. He was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year by the league's media.[9]

As a sophomore in the 2010–11 season, he averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, ranked 2nd in the SoCon in blocked shots (and was 2nd in the Conference with 1.5 blocked shots per game) and 9th in rebounding and field-goal percentage, and was named a first-team All-American by the Jewish Sports Review.[4][9][10]

As a junior in the 2011–12 season, Cohen scored 14.3 points (10th in the Conference) and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game, led the Conference in free throws (141), blocked shots (55), and blocked shots per game (1.7), was 2nd in free throw percentage (.876), and was named Southern Conference Player of the Year by the league's media.[10][11] In an unusual move, Cohen's teammate De'Mon Brooks was named player of the year by the league's coaches.[12]

As a senior in the 2012–13 season, he averaged 14.9 points (6th in the Conference), 5.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. He shot 39% from 3-point range, 50% from two-point range (5th in the Conference), and 83% from the free throw line (4th in the Conference), and had 128 free throws (2nd in the Conference) and 56 blocks (2nd in the Conference), 1.6 blocked shots per game (2nd in the Conference), and 508 points (3rd in the Conference).[10][10][13] He was SoCon Player of the Year (both as voted by the league’s head coaches and by media), first-team All-SoCon (by media and coaches), named to the SoCon All-Tournament team, three-time SoCon Player of the Week, and Player of the Month for February.[14]

Cohen led the team to back-to-back Southern Conference Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. He also became the first Wildcat to earn consecutive Conference Player of the Year honors from the media since Stephen Curry in 2006–09, and the 14th player ever in the Conference to do so.[15][16]

Cohen ended his college career as Davidson's all-time leader in blocks (197) and starts (123). He was also 2nd in free-throws made (451), 6th in points (1,795), 7th in field-goals made (611), 8th in free-throw percentage (.805), and 9th in rebounds (747).[15] He was 2nd all-time in the Southern Conference in defensive rebounds (515), 5th in offensive rebounds (232), 7th in free throw percentage (.805) and free throws (451), and 8th in blocks (197).[10]

Professional career[edit]

Cohen was not drafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was signed to the Phoenix Suns summer league team immediately following the draft, and played for it in July 2013.[17][18]

He signed a four-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv in July 2013.[13][19][20] In 2013–14, he played 10 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv, and 14 games on loan for Maccabi Rishon Le Zion.[21][22] He is to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2014–15 season.[21]

International career[edit]

Cohen, who was granted Israeli citizenship on the basis of his being Jewish, represented Israel in the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B in Austria in 2010.[1][23] He led the tournament in scoring at 20 ppg, led all players in the tournament with 87% free throw shooting, led all players in drawn fouls per game (6.4), and was named to the all-tournament team.[2][13][24][25]

He was on the Team USA roster for the 2013 Maccabiah Games, but did not play because he instead was playing in the NBA summer league in an effort to be picked by an NBA team.[7][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eric Berger (August 21, 2013). "Berwyn Basketball Player to Join Maccabi Tel Aviv". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Interview: Jake Cohen Takes Over For Stephen Curry. (Interview). Jewish Journal. July 27, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Fine, Jeremy (June 4, 2013). Interview with NBA prospect Jake Cohen. (Interview). Oy!Chicago. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Davidson College – Jake Cohen – 2011–12 Men's Basketball". Davidsonwildcats.com. September 25, 1990. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ghert, Renee (July 18, 2013). "For 6'10" Jake Cohen, hoop dreams with a side of hummus". The Times of Israel. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Joseph Santoliquito (March 6, 2012). "Cohen and Conestoga continue to improve". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Eric Berger (March 22, 2013). "Local Forward Sees Hopes Dashed in Davidson Defeat". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lets Chop It Up: Cohen Chooses Stephen Curry-Led Davidson Program". Jordaningram55.com. October 13, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Bob Wechsler (May 9, 2011). "Jared Mintz, Andrew Stein honored by Jewish Sports Review". lehighvalleylive.com. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Jake Cohen Stats | College Basketball". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "SoCon Media Selects All-Conference Team". Southern Conference. February 29, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Brooks earns SoCon top player honor". The Charlotte Observer. March 7, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c Amy Samin (August 7, 2013). "Jake Cohen Signs 4 Year Contract with Maccabi". Maccabi.co.il. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Davidson College – Jake Cohen – 2012–13 Men's Basketball". Davidsonwildcats.com. September 25, 1990. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Davidson College – Cohen Signs Multi-Year Deal with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv of the Euroleague". Davidsonwildcats.com. February 14, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ Associated Press (March 5, 2013). "Davidson’s Jake Cohen named SoCon player of year – NCAA Basketball". Sporting News. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Cohen to Play for Phoenix Suns' Summer League Squad". Davidson Athletics. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "Cohen Signs Multi-Year Deal with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv of the Euroleague". Davidson Athletics. July 9, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ [2]
  21. ^ a b "Cohen, Jake". Euroleague.net. September 25, 1990. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club". Mhbasket.co.il. January 23, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ Romano, Brittany (July 22, 2010). "Ranking the top 20 NCAA players at this summer's Euro Championships". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ranking the top 20 NCAA players at this summer's Euro Championships". Sports Illustrated. July 22, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Eurobasket Daily News Report". Eurobasket.com. April 12, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  26. ^ Sinai, Allon (July 14, 2013). "Cohen to miss Games for Team USA: Interview with Coach Greenberg". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 

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