UPDATED: Freshman guard David Cohn granted release from CSU basketball team

David Cohn (34) goes up for a layup  against Weber State earlier this season. According to his AAU coach, Cohn has asked for his release from Colorado State.
David Cohn (34) goes up for a layup against Weber State earlier this season. According to his AAU coach, Cohn has asked for his release from Colorado State.

Colorado State freshman David Cohn has been granted a release from his scholarship. The 6’2″ freshman guard from Elmhurst, Ill., confirmed his intention to leave the program via text message Thursday afternoon.

News of Cohn’s release broke early Wednesday afternoon via a tweet from Mike Mullins, the director of the Illinois Wolves, Cohn’s AAU program.

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“6’2 FR David Cohn has been granted his release as of today from Colorado St – has 3 year eligibility left,” Mullins tweeted from his Twitter account, @wolves10.

Cohn came to Colorado State as a highly-touted, three-star recruit from the Chicago area. Early on, he shared minutes with fellow freshman Carlton Hurst, starting five games during non-conference play and scoring a season-high 15 points against Prairie View on Nov. 25.

However, Cohn struggled to adjust to head coach Larry Eustachy’s defense-first philosophy and saw a dramatic decrease in playing time as Colorado State entered conference play. During the Rams’ 18 conference games, Cohn shot just 24 percent from the field and 16 percent from the 3-point line while playing just over 12 minutes per contest. Along with the development of Hurst and the re-emergence of junior guard Dwight Smith, Cohn’s playing time dipped even further, recording more than six minutes of action in only two of the Rams’ final 10 games.

News of Cohn’s  possible release was rumored after a disappointing 2013-14 campaign for a player who head coach Larry Eustachy likened to former Ram standout Dorian Green before the season began.

Along with returning guards Jon Octeus, Carlton Hurst, Daniel Bejarano, and Joe De Ciman, Colorado State added transfers John Gillon (Arkansas-Little Rock) and Gian Clavell (Northwest Technical College), as well as Rangeview High School star Jeremiah Paige to its roster for next season, creating a logjam at the guard positions.

Cohn’s release now means that CSU is just one over the NCAA scholarship limit, with 14 players signed for 13 scholarships spots next year. He will continue his education at Colorado State through the end of this semester, and will continue to work out with the team until his transfer to another university is complete.

As of now, there has been no official statement from head coach Larry Eustachy or the Colorado State athletic department.

Collegian Reporter Keegan Pope can be reached at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @kpopecollegian.