The past year has been difficult for 6-foot-9 post player Levi Cook.
Cook has spent the past nine months recovering from an ACL surgery, but the former West Virginia pledge his time at Delray Beach (Fla.) Elev-8 has helped make the process easier.
“It feels better than it did before,” Cook said about his knee. “The doctor really helped me out and the people I did physical therapy helped me out and then when I came to Elev-8, coach Chad [Myers] and Tony Falce, I can’t thank Elev-8 enough for what they’ve done for me.”
A week and a half ago at the National Prep Showcase, Cook showed up in great shape, having lost 45 pounds. He was more mobile and showed off a crisp offensive package.
“I feel like I’m coming back, especially since I haven’t played since February 25th,” Cook said. “I just started last weekend. I’m not really released yet, so I came back early. For me to come back early and do what I’m doing, as of right now I think I’m in good shape.”
“I’m honestly at 80 or 85 percent right now,” Cook added.
When Cook endured his injuries, a number of the schools involved in his recruitment backed off. Now the process is starting to pick up again.
“A lot of schools backed off me and that’s fine,” he said. “I’ll remember who stayed loyal and who didn’t and Ill just keep doing my thing and the right school will find me.”
Prior to the Prep Showcase, Providence, Virginia Tech, VCU, Florida International, Longwood, Texas A&M and Mississippi had showns interest. Since the event, Georgetown and South Carolina have jumped in.
Cook said FIU has been prioritizing him.
“FIU and coach Mike Gillian,” he said when about who was recruiting him the hardest. “He’s on me hard.”
Cook doesn’t currently have any visits set up, but plans to in the near future.
“I’m going to try and set them up after Christmas break, I want to see who is going to recruit me.”