Arkansas Target Cook Heats Up At Peach Jam

St. Louis Eagles power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 240) and Razorback recruiting target had a big-time game Thursday night at the Nike Peach Jam with Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Melvin Watkins looking on.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - With Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and Razorback assistant Melvin Watkins looking on Thursday night, St. Louis Eagles power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 240) showed once again what the fuss is all about.

Jayson Tatum had 22 points and Cook added 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Eagles downed California Supreme 78-64 in pool play at the Nike Peach Jam.

“I always try to come out and be aggressive and I struggled in our first (pool) game,” Cook said of a 6-point, 6-rebound effort. “In between games, I just focused on going to the boards and getting everything I could around the basket and just be there for my team. I was able to come out and do that.”

Cook, who stars alongside Tatum at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis, has narrowed his school list down to six schools - Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Virginia, Iowa and Iowa State.

He took an unofficial visit to Arkansas in June.

“I just really love the Arkansas coaches a lot,” Cook said. “They are very genuine and truly care about you, not just as a basketball player, but as a person as well. That is one thing that attracts me to Arkansas.

“I am very, very interested in Arkansas and it is because of their coaches and my relationship with them that I feel so strongly about the school and the program.

“That is the big reason that I wanted to get to Fayetteville and see them first.”

Cook had planned to take some more summer visits, but has not as of yet.

“I don’t have anything else scheduled right now, but I do plan to get to Virginia and Florida pretty soon,” Cook said.

Eagles head coach Corey Frazier, who took over when previous Eagles head coach Corey Tate became a new Missouri assistant earlier this summer, praises Cook for his improvement.

"Oh my God, he has so improved his game tremendously from the start of the spring to this game here today," Frazier said. "He has gotten to where he is stepping out on the floor more . He has lost some weight and his body looks good now. He was always super athletic, but we are now seeing him just come into his own and becoming a complete player.

"That was a big double-double for him tonight. We needed it and he is capable of it every night when he sets his mind to it."

Frazier knows the Arkansas coaches and knows that have made Cook feel extremely wanted.

"I think they are doing a great job recruiting him and I think he will fit in really well at Arkansas with what they are doing," Frazier said. "I know Coach Mike Anderson very well from him being at Arkansas. The style of play at Arkansas - he loves it and I am cut from that same cloth. I enjoy watching them get up and down and defend."

The Eagles, who downed the New Jersey Playaz 85-83 earlier Thursday, are now 2-0 in pool play and have put forth a very balanced attack.

“It is simple because we have a lot of unselfish guys,” Cook said. “It would be easy for us all to want to get our own points by going one-on-one and I am sure we could still win a lot of games that way.

“But we don’t have selfish guys at all and nobody minds throwing the extra pass to get a better shot. Our coach stresses give up a good shot for a great shot and that is what we always do.

“We always enjoy playing with each other and we are just always looking for the open guy.”

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