Simeon Career Academy in Chicago is always represented well in the EYBL.
This year, three members of their varsity squad suited up on the Nike Circuit. Junior swingman Ben Coupet was one of the three, running with fellow Simeon teammate Josh Thomas on Chicago MeanStreets.
Coupet was productive for MeanStreets, averaging 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds while showcasing his budding size and athleticism. The combo forward has sprouted to 6-foot-9 and he’s not done growing. With each centimeter he grows, he will become a more valuable asset at the next level.
The Simeon star caught up with Alec Kinsky at EYBL Minneapolis, highlighting his experience in the EYBL, what he’s working on and his goals for senior year at Simeon.
Alec Kinsky: Take us through your EYBL experience. How has it been for you?
Ben Coupet: Its been a great experience playing against the top competition every game. It’s the top players in the country, it’s fun to compete with those guys.
Alec Kinsky: What are the biggest differences between playing at Simeon and in the EYBL?
Ben Coupet: In high school, every game isn’t competitive. In the EYBL, each and every game is competitive.
Alec Kinsky: How was it playing with brand new teammates on Chicago MeanStreets?
Ben Coupet: It was good, I actually played with a couple of teammates including Josh Thomas. Also I played against a couple of my teammates. It’s different but it’s fun.
Alec Kinsky: What do you do best on the court right now?
Ben Coupet: Get to the lane and the free throw line.
Alec Kinsky: Have you pinpointed anything you want to work on?
Ben Coupet: My one-dribble pull-up, then just being a consistent player.
Alec Kinsky: When you end up making a college decision, what factors will play into it?
Ben Coupet: It’s pretty much everything. Academics, environment, coach. Really everything.
Alec Kinsky: Any goals heading into your senior year?
Ben Coupet: Definitely a state championship and city championship.