“One of the happiest moments of my life to be an Ole Miss Rebel. #HottyToddy!”
This was the quote from Tyrek Coger when he announced his commitment to play for the Ole Miss Rebels on November 11th, 2015.
Trent A. Brinkley sits down with Coger to discuss his Ole Miss signing, his connection to Clippers point guard Chris Paul, how he ended up playing for Cape Fear, and all things basketball related.
Coger played his freshman year at Eastern Florida State College, where he averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 48.5% from the field. Coger would transfer to Cape Fear Community College, where he would redshirt before suiting up in the 2015-2016 season for the Sea Devils.
Last season, Coger improved his game and would average 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 52.6% from the field and 65.9% from the free throw line. On the defensive end, Coger collected 26 blocked shots and 20 steals for the year.
The Sea Devils finished the 2015-2016 season with a record of 24-8 overall, 9-2 in conference play, and won the regular season NJCAA Region 10 Conference Championship.
When he arrives on campus, Coger will join senior center Sebastian Saiz, junior Marcanvis Hymon, and incoming freshmen Nate Morris and Karlis Silnis in the front court for the Rebels.
Check out the exclusive interview below, as we get to know one of the newest Rebels a little bit more.
How did Tyrek Coger get into playing basketball?
Coger: “It all started when I was 14… My godmother Shanda McNair took me in; I had the height, 6-5 in 8th grade.”
What was it like getting close with Rodney Purvis?
Coger: “It was good playing along with my brother Rodney through middle and high school. We keep in touch, always that I literally my right hand man and brother.”
You played on Chris Paul’s All-Stars AAU team. Describe that experience…
Coger: “It was a great experience being that Chris Paul was the owner, and as you can say he’s a great player and he travelled with us and he’s mostly like a big brother to me.”
Missouri, USC, NC State, and others from high school wanted your services after Cape Fear CC. What made you ultimately decide on the Rebels and their staff?
Coger: “I picked Ole Miss because they recruited me out of high school and I’ve always been a fan of the SEC. Coach Andy is a great coach as well.”
Have you made friends with any of the current Ole Miss players?
Coger: “I just know a couple of guys like Rasheed Brooks, Saiz, and Hammonds”
Babe Ruth once quoted “Heroes always die, but legends get remembered.” What do you want your legacy to be remembered by?
Coger: “Remember me as a team first player, and a student-athlete that I put God first before each game.”
What would you like to say about your experiences at Cape Fear?
Coger: “I love all my coaching staff our head coach is very winning first. Our assistant coaches are great crew for the job as well.”
What is the one piece of advice that you would give to any current basketball players?
Coger: “That your only as good as your next game. That you always give your all and be coachable.”
About Tyrek Coger
Attended Major: Sports Med or Physical Education
Favorite Music: Rap, R&B
Favorite Game: NBA 2K16
Game-Day Tradition: Pray before each game
Xbox or Playstation: Playstation 4
Favorite NBA Player: DeMarcus Cousins
Favorite NBA Team: San Antonio Spurs
What Tyrek’s Teammates Say About Him
“I’ve enjoyed playing with Ty this year, he is fun to be around and I’m excited to see what he does next and wish nothing the best for him.”
– Tyler Evans, sophomore G at Cape Fear CC