Junior colleges across the country often serve as a catapult for athletes looking to achieve a goal of continuing their career at a four-year school. Cape Fear Community College recently helped redshirt sophomore Tyrek Coger find a landing spot at the NCAA Division I level as Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood recently announced the signing of Coger, who will suit up for the Cowboys for the 2016-17 season.
Coger (6-9, 240, Cape Fear CC, Raleigh, N.C.) is listed as the No. 21 junior college prospect in the country, according to 247Sports.com. In his only season in the Port City, he averaged 12.2 points on 52.6 percent shooting and 7.0 rebounds per game under Coach Ryan Mantlo.
“We’re very excited that Tyrek will be joining the Cowboy family,” Underwood said. “He’s the type of player that can be physically imposing, but he’s also a guy that brings a great deal of experience to the locker room.”
He posted 22 double-digit scoring performances, including a season-best 23-point outing against Port City Prep this past year for the Sea Devils. Coger tallied eight double-doubles as a sophomore with a high of 14 boards against Richard Bland College. He also blocked 28 shots and posted 29 assists on the year.
Coger originally committed to Ole Miss in June 2015, but due to a Southeast Conference (SEC) transfer rule that states junior college transfers must attend a school full-time for three straight semesters, he was released from the Rebels program earlier this month. The rule prevented Coger from attending SEC or ACC member schools, which led to his decision to play in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
After one season at Eastern Florida State, Coger sat out the 2014-15 season and became a full-time student this past year as a redshirt sophomore for Cape Fear Community College.
Oklahoma State competes in the Big-12 Conference. The Cowboys went 12-20 last year before parting ways with long-time coach Mike Ford. Underwood spent his last three seasons as head coach at Stephen F. Austin before getting hired to lead the Oklahoma State.