Cooke picks Beavers

Oregon State scored a nice pledge on Monday from Hallice Cooke out of the legendary St. Anthony's program.

The Oregon State Beavers have made recruiting a national strategy in recent years, and Craig Robinson and company landed a big commitment on Monday when Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony's product Hallice Cooke picked the school.

At 6-foot-3 with good athleticism and the ability to get to the rim as well as shoot from deep, Cooke began attracting high-major interest over the summer, and one of the schools in closest pursuit was Oregon State.

The Beavers made Cooke a main priority all July long tracking him at all of his events, and that along with his relationship with the coaching staff led to a big pledge.

"It is a great decision for me," said Cooke. "Coach Robinson and the entire coaching staff are great, and they showed me a good time on the visit."

He continued, "I got along well with all of the players and I think that my style of play fits in well with what they do. It was just the perfect fit for me."

Living in New Jersey, he is obviously going very far from home for college, but Cooke said that was never an issue for him.

"Distance doesn't matter to me at all," said Cooke. "I can handle everything. My parents raised me great and I just want to be a role model for all of the young kids and just be successful. I think that I could be successful in any part of the country and Oregon State was just a great fit.

Cooke is the third commitment for the Beavers in the 2013 class. He joins center Cheikh N'Diaye and shooting guard L.J. Westrbook in the class. Cooke is a three-star player was one of the best available shooting guards on the East Coast.

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