Once he plays his final game at Abington Friends School, Bryan Cohen's basketball career will hardly be over. The 6-foot-5-inch power forward from Huntingdon Valley just signed a letter of intent to play at Bucknell University next year.
After a brief press conference for about 30 people at AFS on Nov. 20, Cohen, 18, said that he chose Bucknell because it offered him the chance to combine sports with great academics — and a full scholarship didn't hurt either.
He also touted the program for being a perennial contender in the Patriot League, which frequently makes it to the "Big Dance" — the NCAA tournament.
In 2005 and 2006, the Bison exceeded expectations by winning the first game at both tournaments.
As a kid, Cohen grew up playing in plenty of Maccabi games and tournaments.
In 2005, he helped his 16-and-under U.S. team win gold against international competition at the 17th World Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv.
After seeing movies and TV shows about star athletes having their own press conferences, Cohen said that he was thrilled to have one of his own.
"It definitely felt special," he said. "It's something that I dreamt of as a kid."
AFS coach Steve Chadwin said that Cohen is one of the hardest-working ball-players he's ever coached, and that he "does it without opening his mouth."
"As far as I'm concerned," added Chadwin, "he's way up there on the list of people who I've coached as far as role models."
For the time being, however, Cohen is focusing on the upcoming season with AFS, and noted that it won't be easy, given that much of the team is rather young and inexperienced.
"It allows me to be a leader — something I haven't done in my career yet," he said. "So it's something I'm looking forward to."