Arkansas Impresses The Cooks

St. Louis four-star prep prospect Tyler Cook and his family visited Arkansas this weekend and got "the "red carpet" rolled out for them.

St. Louis, Mo., Chaminade power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 240) took an unofficial visit to Arkansas this weekend and left with a great impression of what the Razorbacks.

Cook, a 2016 four-star prospect per, was accompanied on the visit to Fayetteville by his dad Trent and his mom Stephanie, who has family in Little Rock.

“The visit went really, really great,” Mr. Cook said. “Arkansas rolled out the proverbial red carpet and we were excited about everything that Arkansas has to offer both athletically and academically. It could not have went any better.”

The younger Cook himself noted that the visit indeed went great and noted that visiting with Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins was a pleasure.

“I really did enjoy the visit and everything that Arkansas had to offer,” Cook said. “Especially the chance to visit with Coach Anderson and Coach Watkins, who I have a great relationship with. I think they are both great guys and great coaches.”

Cook has over 25 offers and has narrowed those down to a final six of Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State and Virginia.

He was excited about seeing Arkansas’ new Performance Center, a practice facility that is set to officially open on July 1.

“I think the fact that they were the last team in the SEC to get one worked out for them because it is state-of-the-art and a big plus in their favor,” Cook said. “It is really going to be something special and will help so much in the development of players.”

Cook averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds last season playing along side teammate Jayson Tatum - one of the nation’s top 10 2016 prospects nationally.

“I feel like that I have a really good all-around game, but I am continuing to work hard on my shot to get to where I can be the best player that I can,” Cook said. “I put in a lot of work every day to get better.”

The Cooks were very impressed with what the Arkansas School of Business had to offer.

“It’s not surprising since Arkansas is where Wal-Mart’s headquarters, but they have a great business school and we got a chance to tour it and visit with an advisor,” Mr. Cook said. “That’s big because Tyler’s education is a very big part of this decision.”

The younger Cook echoed that sentiment.

?“Arkansas has great facilities in terms of both athletics and academics and that is very important to me,” Cook said. “I want to be part of an overall great program both on and off the court.”

The Cooks will visit both Florida and Virginia later this summer.

“We have trips planned to both Florida and Virginia this summer to check out those two schools,” Mr. Cook said. “After that we will set up his official visits and then try to land the plane in November, where he plans to sign.”

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