Eustachy, Rams ink two on first day of signing period

Nov. 14, 2012

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Head Coach Larry Eustachy and the Colorado State men’s basketball program announced Wednesday the signings of two players to National Letters of Intent on the first day of the NCAA early signing period. The NLI signing period runs through next Wednesday, Nov. 21. 

The Rams 2013 recruiting class begins to take shape with a highly touted prep guard in David Cohn and athletic junior college big man Marcus Holt.  Holt is a local product, hailing from Aurora, Colo., while Cohn joins the Rams from Elmhurst, Ill.

Cohn, a skilled guard out of suburban Chicago, enters his senior season at York High School this fall. He set the school’s single-game scoring record of 47 points as a junior in 2011-12. The 6-2, 170-pounder averaged 22 points and five rebounds, while shooting better than 50 percent from beyond the arc last year, and also starred for the Illinois Wolves, one of the nation’s premier AAU programs under head coach Mike Mullins.

“David is a dynamic scorer who has great athleticism and a terrific competitive spirit,” said Eustachy. He comes from one of the top AAU programs, and a hotbed of basketball in the Chicago area.”

Cohn’s skill and athleticism could allow him to play right away for the Rams at either guard spot, filling the void that will be left by the departures of all-region performers Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green.

A highly-regarded in-state talent coming out of high school, Holt will return home to Colorado after a two-season stint at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. The former Rangeview star stands 6-10 and weighs in at 200 pounds entering his sophomore campaign at PJC, where he averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game during his freshman season. In 2010-11, Holt led Rangeview to the Great 8 of the Colorado boys state high school championships, garnering offers from Missouri, Xavier and Boston College before enrolling at PJC.  As a senior at Rangeview, He averaged 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. 

“Marcus is a Colorado kid that brings a tremendous amount of athleticism and upside,” Eustachy said. “He is a coveted big man in the junior college ranks, and we expect him to come in and be able to make an immediate impact for our team.”

“We are extremely excited to add the caliber of player that we have in this class,” added Eustachy. “Each of these of these young men are players that not only can compete right away, but can help us win at a high level from the moment they step on campus next year. More importantly, they have great character and are dedicated students who will represent this CSU and the Fort Collins community in a positive manner.”