Cooke Important To Tech

Virginia Tech basketball received a significant piece of news on Wednesday. Marquie Cooke made a commitment to the program that made a commitment to him.

"He wanted to stay within the state and put Virginia Tech basketball on the map," Franklin Chatman said of his point guard's commitment to Virginia Tech. On Wednesday, Cooke announced that he'll be a Hokie.

For a coach who enters his first season in a new state and is about to embark on new challenges in a new conference, Cooke is a pivotal piece of the Hokies recruiting puzzle. Greenberg, from day one, sold the player on his place in their program.

"[Greenberg] said Marquie was their guy and he proved it," Chatman said. "He wanted to make a commitment to somebody that made the commitment to him."

In the end, Cooke picked the Hokies over Clemson.

"We always talked about being patient. As you know, he had some offers early on. He wasn't comfortable and he wasn't ready to commit. This is the best move for him. They'll be in the ACC and I think Seth Greenberg is going to make a difference for Virginia Tech."

Cooke is ranked No. 84 in our pre-season Top 100 and was an all-state performer in 2002 and 2003. He led Nansemond River to a 23-4 record last year when he averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists a game.

"Marquie is going to be important because he's a go getter, he's a winner. Without him, we're a .500 team. I feel as though he can help that program grow by leaps and bounds by 1) helping them bring in some top notch guys and 2) he's not afraid to challenge players and deliver the ball to where it needs to go."

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