The Recruiting Guy

Arkansas basketball gains commitment from UMass transfer Josh Cohen

Massachusetts' Josh Cohen (23) heads to the basket as Saint Louis' Bradley Ezewiro, left, and Larry Hughes II (2) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman landed his first transfer commitment of the 2024 cycle with the pledge of former Massachusetts forward/center Joshua Cohen on Friday. was first to report his pledge. 

Cohen, 6-10 and 220 pounds, made an official visit to Fayetteville on Tuesday and Wednesday. He visited Notre Dame on Thursday. 

He also considered Xavier and Penn State after entering the NCAA transfer portal March 18. rates him the No. 5 center and No. 25 overall transfer in the portal.

Cohen called Musselman an elite coach after his visit to Fayetteville.

“He showed me the vision of his program and what he believes it can be,” Cohen said. “A lot of coaches in the recruiting process are telling you, ‘Hey, we can make the NCAA Tournament.' He wants to go win a national championship. He wants to be back in the Elite Eight, going to the Final Four. He’s an elite coach with elite passion.” 

Cohen averaged 15.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists while starting all 30 games this season as a senior for the Minutemen and earned All-Atlantic 10 first team honors. 

He shot 54.6% from the field and hit 11 of 31 three-pointers for 35.5%. He made 69.3% of his shots from the free-throw line.

Cohen, who played prep ball at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J.,was a standout at Saint Francis where he was the Northeast Conference co-player of the year in 2022-23 before transferring to UMass. 

He started all 31 games during the 2022-23 season. He averaged 21.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists and blocked 27 shots as a redshirt junior. 

He shot 58.5% from the field and 65.6% from the free-throw line in his final season at Saint Francis.