Sandy Cohen’s rise from non-descript freshman basketball player to highly recruited senior has been a memorable journey for him, his family and his Seymour coach, Jon Murphy.
The Thunder’s 6-foot-6 senior playmaking guard and Marquette recruit now has another accolade to call his own: a spot on the Associated Press 2014 all-state boys’ basketball team.
Cohen was voted to the first team by a panel of statewide sports reporters. Joining Cohen on the first team were Milwaukee Hamilton’s Kevon Looney, Whitefish Bay Dominican’s Diamond Stone, Rice Lake’s Henry Ellenson and Brookfield Central’s Riley LaChance. Looney, Stone and Ellenson were all unanimous picks.
“It’s just awesome,” Cohen said. “I never thought my freshman year that I would have a chance of doing that. To see that I’ve made it this far is awesome.”
Murphy, who has limited guardianship of Cohen, said Cohen may be the best player to come out of the powerhouse Seymour program.
Cohen averaged 21.3 points per game for Seymour and helped lead the Thunder to a sectional appearance. While Seymour lost to eventual state semifinalist West De Pere, there was no doubt that Cohen helped galvanize a proud basketball community in a way few other players have in this area.
“In my 27 years of coaching, we haven’t had anybody reach that status,” Murphy said of Cohen’s first-team all-state designation. “That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment. That’s something that, in order to receive first-team all-state, you really have to earn that. And I think he’s earned that over a number of years through his effort and also through his AAU and his breakout summer.
“It was exciting. The longer the season went on, the more dominating he became.”
Neenah junior center/power forward Matt Heldt was named to the second team, while teammate Adam Pohlman, a senior guard, was a third-team selection. Heldt averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Pohlman averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 assists per game.
Xavier’s Matt Ferris and Little Chute’s DJ DeValk were honorable-mention selections.
Looney, a UCLA recruit, was named the state’s player of the year. The 6-9 forward and McDonald’s All-American nearly averaged a quadruple double with 27.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, seven assists and eight blocks per game.
Kelly Appleby of Brown Deer was named the coach of the year after leading the Falcons to the WIAA Division 3 state title.
AP ALL-STATE TEAM
Kevon Looney, 6-9, Sr., Milwaukee Hamilton*; Henry Ellenson, 6-10, Jr., Rice Lake*; Diamond Stone, 6-10, Jr., Whitefish Bay Dominican*; Sandy Cohen, 6-6, Sr., Seymour; Riley LaChance, 6-2, Sr., Brookfield Central.
Trevor Anderson, 6-2, So., Stevens Point; Brady Ellingson, 6-4, Sr., Sussex Hamilton; Matt Heldt, 6-10, Jr., Neenah; Jordan Shea, 6-4, Sr., Lodi; Cam Ward, 6-2, Sr., Marshall.
D’Angelo Jackson, 6-4, Sr., Racine Case; Paul Miller, 6-4, Sr., Kettle Moraine; Jordan Perez, 6-4, Sr., Greendale; Adam Pohlman, 6-0, Sr., Neenah; Reed Timmer, 6-2, Sr., New Berlin Eisenhower.
Chandler Diekvoss, 6-6, Sr., West De Pere; Sam Hauser, 6-5, So., Stevens Point; Chris Howell, 6-4, Sr., Milwaukee King; Kyle Monroe, 6-5, Jr., Ashwaubenon; Darrlyn Willis, 6-7, Sr., Madison Memorial.
Blake Anderson, Sr., Auburndale; Isaac Elliott, Sr., Stevens Point Pacelli; Albert Goerlitz, Sr., Owen-Withee; Luke Zuiker, Sr., Marshfield; Aaron Nixon, Sr., Mukwonago; Donovan Jackson, Sr., Milwaukee Pius; Levi Bradley, Jr., Milwaukee Pius; Darion King, Jr., Racine Case; Romeo Bouie, Jr., Racine St. Catherine’s; Billy Wampler, Jr., Eau Claire Regis; Luke Murphy, Sr., River Falls; Alex Herink, Sr., Hudson; Zac Doll, Sr., Elk Mound; Kollin Neils, Sr., Plymouth; Tyler Zastrow, Sr., Sheboygan Lutheran; Josh Erickson, Sr., Manitowoc Roncalli; Nate Neveau, Sr., Oshkosh North; Charlie Noone, Sr., Oshkosh Lourdes; Tyler DeYoung, Jr., Central Wisconsin Christian; Elijah Goodman, Sr., Brookfield Central; Jake Showalter, Sr., Germantown; Evan Wesenberg, Sr., Germantown; Anthony Carver, Jr., Wisconsin Lutheran; Marcus White, Sr., Milwaukee Vincent; Devante Jackson, Sr., Brown Deer; Malik Clements, Sr., Madison West; Nick McGlynn, Jr., Stoughton; Turner Moen, Sr., Lake Mills; Mark Nelson Jr., Sr., Monona Grove; Nick Noskowiak, Jr., Sun Prairie; Billy Bull, Sr., Fall River; Ty Kartman, Sr., Cassville; Alex Mortimer, Sr., Richland Center; Isaiah Shell, Sr., Albany; Trevor Wendhausen, Sr., Mineral Point, Alex Hayden, Sr., La Crosse Central; Dalton Soto, Sr., Blair-Taylor; Nick Wagner, So., Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau; Parker Weber, Sr., La Crosse Aquinas; Matt Ferris, Sr., Xavier; DJ DeValk, sr., Little Chute; Cody Schwartz, jr., West De Pere; Dakota Zinser, sr., Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran; Cooper Radtke, sr., Oshkosh North.