Cook enjoying visits
Four-star power forward Tyler Cook became one of the hottest commodities in the class of 2016 while playing with the St. Louis Eagles this year. The St. Louis (MO) Chaminade product now is beginning to take visits while getting ready for his junior season. For the nearly 6-foot-8 and 235 pound Cook, this is a big year. Chaminade is likely to be not only one of the top teams in the state, but also the country. “Everything is going well,” said Cook of the pre-season workouts. “The team is working hard in strength and conditioning and also in open gym. Individually I am working to get my body right and my mind right for this season. I think we if all come together as a team we should be pretty good.” On the recruiting trail Cook has offers from schools like Missouri, St. Louis, Kansas, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, and many others. Recently Cook visited both Kansas and Missouri, and came away impressed each spot. About Kansas, Cook said, “It was really great. Just seeing all of the other recruits there, seeing the fans, and it was just a great experience. I got to see what KU is all about, and I am looking forward to getting back there for a game.” The day after visiting Kansas, Cook took in a football game at Missouri and got a chance to meet with the coaches. “Missouri was also really exciting,” noted Cook. “The football game was exciting and I got to see how much the fans love Mizzou. Also I got to sit down with Coach (Kim) Anderson and Coach Loos and get to know them and get a feel for the program. It was an informational visit. I had never been to Mizzou before, and I am also looking forward to getting back there for a game.” On November 1, Cook will make his next unofficial visit and it will be to Kansas State, and it is a trip he is really looking forward to. “Their coaches are great people,” said Cook of Kansas State. “We have sat down a few times, and I just can’t wait to get up there. The coaches speak highly of the university and everybody I have talked to says it is a great school. I am looking forward to meeting the coaches and the players and everything.” At this point Cook doesn’t appear close to make a decision, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school. “I am looking for a coach who allows his players to play,” said Cook. “I know structure is needed, but also I don’t want to go to a place that is too systematic. Style of play is important. I am also trying to go somewhere where I can I have a big impact.”
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