Cor-J Cox is a 25 year old 195cm swing man from Washington, North Carolina that has played two professional seasons. He played at Miss.Valley St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 34 games averaging 11.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 54.5%. In 2012 he started his professional basketball career with Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar (Hungary-A Division) then moved to BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 31 games averaging 11.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 74.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for : Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-1st Division) playing 12 games averaging 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 53.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Cor J thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
At the moment I’m home in North Carolina & My summer was awesome! I just got back from France teaching kids basketball and English. Also did the ACC Barnstorming Tour with Quinn Cook, Trevor Lacy, Darius Leonard And Angelo Sharpless.
What do you get asked more about daily from strangers what is your favorite own dunk or how do you get such a unique name as Cor J Cox?
Good question! Usually I’m asked why I’m so humble and why I’m not in the NBA yet. That I should be there in the near future. My favorite dunk to do is a windmill over multiple people. My name came from my grandmother. I always asked her how she came up with the name but she say it was given to her in a dream.
You had a great career at Miss.Valley St. (NCAA) winning the SWAC tournament in 2012, was on more ESPN top 10 plays than anyone in NCAA history, dunked before President Obama, played two seasons in Europe, but last season in the ABA and are jobless at the moment. This is really hard to believe. What is keeping you going at the moment?
My faith and hard work. I know it’s not the end for me and that with patience I will be back doing what I love. Until then I will continue to work hard, pray, be a leader/mentor and grind.
Has your year away from Europe been giving you the biggest problems this summer finding a team or what do you believe has kept teams away from you?
Honestly I think not playing this past season in Europe but it’s also from my injury I had in Finland. Had a minor meniscus tear that had me out for 4 months. I came back during that year and helped my team in the playoffs but we finished 2nd place.
You just got back from France teaching kids basketball. What kind of experience was this for you and were you not able to get some try outs with teams?
The experience was awesome and thanks to my Teammate Arthur Framery for the opportunity! I always love teaching the kids and motivating people to be the best they can be in life. During my time there I wasn’t able to get a workout.
How thankful were you last season for being able to play in the ABA for the NC Coyotes where you averaged 30ppg, 8rpg and 7apg. Your grandparents were sick so you stayed in the States, but at least you could play and keep your resume updated.
I was thankful and it was my rebuilding year. We lost in the championship game to the Baltimore Hawks.
You are obviously way to good for the ABA. Besides keeping consistent stats was this a time for you to work on your game as well or were you more concerned just with having incredible stats?
The stats wasn’t what bothered me my goal was to stay consistent and work on my weaknesses.
You obviously give many fans memorable and unforgettable moments at you tube watching your dunks or fans in arenas, but do you sometimes feel that people see you more as a high flyer that can dunk over anyone, but forget that you have other attributes in your game
Sometimes I feel that way but my accolades and stats show that I can do more than fly. I’m a leader and I do what it takes to win. I want to better myself for my team and the whole organization.
What is a hidden strength in your game that you feel doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
My shot and defense intensity
As a rookie you played for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 31 games averaging 11.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 74.2%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were far away from home from North Carolina?
My wake up call was that I had to grind hard and do this for my family. If this what I’m going to do for years to come I have to continue to better myself.
You got swept in the playoffs to Klosterneub and you had 19 points combined in the three games. Did you just ran out of gas at the end of the season?
It was a up and down year for us as a team but we stuck together and fought hard.
In your second season you played in Finland for Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-1st Division) playing 12 games averaging 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 53.8%. You started the season off well scoring in double figures in your first seven games then got injured. Do you believe that if you would have stayed healthy that you would have had your break out season as a professional?
Yes sir I feel that it was my breakout year until my injury. But I will still have that breakout year soon.
You played for head coach Sean Woods at Mississippi Valley State. How did he prepare and groom you best for a professional basketball career?
He treated us like professionals so I never felt like a college athlete. He showed us what it took to be pros and it was up to us to handle every moment in a professional manner.
You had many memorable games against top NCAA schools Like North Carolina, Wisconsin or Florida were you were very good, but Mississippi Valley State were beat badly. What positives were you able to take out of loses where you played well?
I looked at those games as opportunities to play against the NBA level prospects and show that I’m just as great as them. It also showed me that as a team we was great and in our conference no team would match our game.
In your senior year you played against so many future NBA players, but if you had to pick one that was the toughest play against who was it?
I would say my boys from UNC. The NBA Champ Harrison Barnes.
You were on ESPN top 10 plays more than any player in NCAA history. What was your favorite ESPN play?
My favorite would be my first ever play on Top 10 lol my junior season.
Who would win a one on one in basketball you or Falando Jones in college and Finland?
Lol Me Of Course. Big Ups To My Brother.
Why are there so many great basketball players that come out of North Carolina?
That’s what we breed here a lot of athletes that look for opportunities to showcase their talent. In some areas like mine, we don’t get the exposure like everybody else. So we have to find ways to be seen.
Where do you see the journey of the Charlotte Hornets going this season?
They have a great team I see a bright future for them. And if they added me I would help the future shine as bright.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
Lebron James is by far the best all around basketball player in this generation. As far as rings go I consider him one of the best to come before he retires. Being mentioned as MJ no because I see 2 different eras. Lebron Is dominating this era all around and in MJ era he was destroying teams in every way possible.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was He Got Game one of my favorite movies.
Thanks Cor-J for the chat.