The Stetson University men’s basketball program rolled out the welcome mat for Ty Cockfield. The Johnson High senior returned the favor, announcing Tuesday he will join the Hatters’ basketball program in the fall.
“That’s something every kid wants,” Cockfield said in a phone interview. “They treated me like I was family, and I hadn’t even committed there yet. And that’s huge for me.”
The Times’ 2014-15 All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year said Stetson’s coaching staff sold him on the opportunity to have the ball in his hands as the team builds around him.
He said the end of the recruiting process “relieves a lot of stress” for him.
“It’s every kid’s dream to play at the next level, and (it’s) even better playing Division I,” Cockfield said.
Coming off a 9-22 season, coach Corey Williams’ program competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. After watching the NCAA tournament this spring, Cockfield hopes to help the Hatters reach the “Big Dance.”
“It’s on my mind every day,” Cockfield said.
Cockfield said he also strongly considered Florida A&M.
He also drew interest from Utah, Clemson, George Mason, Georgia Southern, Robert Morris and Tennessee-Chattanooga.
His ultimate goal, he said, remains to play in the NBA one day.