While finishing up his high school career at St. Rita High School in Chicago, Javon Cooley was not getting the looks he wanted. “I felt like I was overlooked in high school and personally during my senior year I showed myself as well as others that I am capable of playing at a higher level of what I was being recruited at which was division 3,” Cooley stated. Instead of heading off to college, he decided instead to do a post graduate year at Bosco Institute in Crown Point, Indiana. 

Cooley is a strong 6’5” wing forward who contributes on both ends of the floor. Offensively he is able to knock down shots at a high rate from the outside. On the other end, he is a tough defender on the perimeter as well the interior. A couple things that Cooley said he would like to improve upon are “I feel like I can improve on my off the dribble shot as well as finishing downhill.”

Since arriving at Bosco, Cooley has received his first Div. 1 scholarship offer from Cleveland State. A long list of other schools to have reached out to him recently include Akron, American, Loyola Marymount, NJIT, Old Dominion, Sacred Heart, Southern Illinois, and Youngstown State. As well he will be taking a visit to Toledo soon.

When talking about what he is looking for in a college, Cooley mentioned some basketball and non-basketball aspects. “I am looking to find a school that can help me develop as the best player of my capability,” Cooley talked about for the basketball factor. On the academic side of decision, he mentioned “I am also looking for a school that has a strong academic history.”

Cooley spoke very positively about his experience at Bosco, “So far my time at Bosco has been a great experience. I feel that living on my own has helped me mature and become a more responsible student-athlete. The coaching staff here is phenomenal they do a good job getting us mentally and physically prepared.” So far Cooley and Bosco Institute are off to a 6-0 start this season.