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Arkansas Visit Impresses Cook

Connors State power forward Arlando Cook, one of the top junior college players in the country, took an unofficial visit to Arkansas this past weekend

Warner, Okla., Connors State Community College forward Arlando Cook doesn’t plan to sign until the spring, but got a late summer look at Arkansas on Saturday.

Cook (6-8, 215), a St. Louis native, took an unofficial visit to Arkansas and left impressed.

“My visit to Arkansas was great,” Cook said. “The new practice facility is amazing and the locker rooms are the best I have ever seen.

“There is also such a sense of family there. I had people coming up to me – like parents of other students – just making me feel welcome. It was just a really great visit. 

Cook averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for Connors last season while shooting 57.2 percent from the field and has 17 scholarship offers.

Arkansas, Iowa State, Missouri, LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Tulsa, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Houston  and Arizona State are among his offers.

“I’m planning on taking an unofficial visit to Missouri next week and I am setting up official visits to Arkansas and Iowa State,” Cook said. “I’m not going to sign until the spring.

“I think my visit to Arkansas is coming during Row Week (April of 2016). I think I am going to visit Iowa State some time around December 11.”

Cook averaged 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and shot 61 percent from the field as a senior for St. Louis Madison Prep.

“We went 26-6 my senior season and had a really good season,” noted Cook, who is not related to St. Louis Chaminade power forward Tyler Cook, who Arkansas is recruiting.

He had a banner freshman season at Connors.

“I think my strengths are playing defense and being really good at the pick and roll,” Cook said. “I am still working on my ball handling and just every part of my game to get better as an all-around player.”

Connors went 32-3 last season and 17-0 in conference play last season and had a lot of turnover on its roster.

"We lost six guys and we brought in seven,” Cook said. “I think we are going to be pretty good, but right now we are still down an assistant coach and so that is slowing things down for us right now.”

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