"I don't know right now," Cooke told a group of media folks at adidas ABCD Camp on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. "I've just got to see what happens. There's a 50/50 chance."
But this much is 100-percent true: He could go. Lenny Cooke is that good.
The 19-year-old schoolboy star from Old Tappan (NJ) Northern Valley Regional opened play at this hoops extravaganza with a 20-point afternoon effort against Syracuse-bound Carmelo Anthony and the Rockets. He went for 19 and added six rebounds in his team's evening game.
Point totals, though, are somewhat irrelevant -- certainly a tad misleading -- because that's not at all what separates Cooke from other elite wings in the Class of 2002. He's the best non-point guard passer in America and he rebounds like an absolute demon from the wing. And he showed it Sunday during ABCD's first day of competition.
"I want to be MVP two years in a row," said Cooke, who was the camp's top underclassman in 2000.
That's his focus at this point. What he'll do this coming school year, on the other hand, is a little more up in the air. His high school eligibility is over -- he turned 19 earlier this year -- but he could play a season of prep ball.
What'll he do? Who knows? He doesn't even know. At least he's not saying.
NOTES FROM ABCD
Everybody loves Raymond? More like everybody's gunning for Raymond. The UNC-bound point guard -- Felton from Latta, S.C., of course -- is set this week to get multiple chances to solidify his reputation as the nation's top rising senior point guard.
Sunday's opponents: Jersey's Elijah Ingram in the afternoon and Coney Island's Sebastian Telfair in the evening. Word from his court in the afternoon was that Felton bested Ingram. In the evening, though, Telfair seemed to take the matchup personally, and he didn't come out half-bad.
Sure, Felton had 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists, but Telfair posted six assists to go with seven points, definitely out-glitzing Felton in the process. But the South Carolinian powerpack emerged with the win -- something that has definitely become a Raymond trademark.
Another Felton trademark? A healthy dose of smack.
"We were talking," Felton said when asked about his, um, running dialogue with Telfair. "All part of the game."
The Stewart Twins from Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach are not happy campers. They wore frowns throughout Sunday's action. And they made no bones about it when asked.
"Too many people are shooting too much," Rodrick explained. "The guards are all trying to get their own."
Rodrick and Lodrick -- eerily identical twins who even drink Powerade in unison -- aren't on the same team, either, and that ain't too cool with them.
"If we were on the same team together," Lodrick said, "then at least we'd know to get each other the ball."
At least they're rooming together here.
Kendrick Perkins is as good as he is big. The Class of 2003 superstar from Beaumont (TX) Ozen -- a hefty (and skilled) 6-11 -- had 12 points and 16 rebounds in one game Sunday and 28 and nine in the other. How important is Perkins to the Three Stripes grassroots system? Four of his Ozen teammates are here as well.
Travis Garrison was terrific on Day 1. The Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha wing has been notoriously up and down in the past. But he definitely brought some consistent fire and production on Sunday.
Much love to Kenny Minor. The tiny point from Baltimore -- he's no more than 5-8 and probably not even that tall -- leads the camp in assists right now with 5.5 a game. He's quick, he's shifty, he leads a team, and he's got a decent shot, too. Minor is headed for prep school in the fall.
Michigan combo guard Anthony Roberson leads the camp in scoring right now with a 21.5 clip. Peeper certainly took a bunch of shots to do it, though -- as in 42 shots in two games. Half of those attempts came from behind the arc.
Chadd Moore, actually, was equally as effective and definitely more efficient. The Huntsville, Ala., product nailed 10 of his 11 three-pointers (EDITOR'S NOTE: this must be where Michael got a little winded. 10 3s equals 30 points) en route to 20 points a game on Sunday. He's going to Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill next season.
A grab bag of other top performers from the first day at ABCD: Chris Bosh, the 6-11 C from Dallas (TX) Lincoln; Daniel Horton, the Michigan-bound PG from Cedar Hill (TX) High; Mike Williams, the rising sophomore big man from Camden (AL) Wilcox Central; Leon Powe, the versatile rising junior BF from Oakland (CA) Tech; and DeAngelo Collins, the enigmatic BF from Inglewood (CA) High.
Nik Caner-Medley, Maine's pride and joy from Portland Deering, threw down a nasty lefty dunk in the evening session and attempted an even better jam in the afternoon. This just in: The 6-7 SF gets off the floor.
Some of the high-profile faces in the stands in the Rothman Center: Duke boss Mike Krzyzewski, Virginia' Pete Gillen, Cincinnati's Bob Huggins, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, SJU's Mike Jarvis and Florida's Billy Donovan.