Talented Cook Set To Visit Arkansas

St. Louis, Mo., Chaminade power forward Tyler Cook (6-7, 240), one of the Razorbacks' 2016 hoops recruiting targets, is taking a visit this weekend to Arkansas, one of his six finalists.

Arkansas’ basketball program is still finishing up its 2015 recruiting, but will be hosting a pair of 2016 standouts in the next few days that could be big pieces of the future.

St. Louis, Mo., Chaminade three-star power forward Tyler Cook (6-7, 240) and his family arrived in Fayetteville on Friday and will spend Saturday checking out the Razorback program on an unofficial visit.

Former Little Rock Parkview star and first-team junior college All-American Daryl Macon (6-3, 180) will then arrive on Monday.

Cook, a four-star prospect per Scout.com, has Arkansas as one of his final six schools along with Missouri, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State and Virginia.

His dad Trent Cook has a great opinion of Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson.

“We are very excited about meeting with Coach Anderson on Saturday morning and just seeing everything that Arkansas has to offer from both an educational and athletic standpoint,” Mr. Cook said. “He is a very genuine guy and someone we really respect as both a coach and as a man.”

It will be the Cooks’ first visit to University of Arkansas, but they have been in the state Arkansas on numerous occasions.

“His mother actually has family living in state (in Little Rock) so we have certainly been in the state, but we’ve have not been in Fayetteville,” Mr. Cook said.

The younger Cook did play in Bentonville last season when the Malik Monk-led Tigers downed Chaminade 85-77 in the ESPN 99.5 Classic.

Cook had 15 points in that game, but Monk’s 45 led Bentonville to the win.

“The one thing we did notice is that the area has truly grown and is just a beautiful area,” Mr. Cook said.

The Cooks are anxious to see both Arkansas’ new practice and academic facilities.

“We are really looking close at things from an education standpoint,” Mr. Cook said. “We want to find a place on the next level that can really build on the foundation that we put forth as parents."

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