2006's Cook Has A Plan

Deaquan Cook, one of the five best prospects in the junior class, has seen some big timers roll through his gym already. Here's a look at how his process will take shape.

If you're a college coach, you aren't evaluating a prospect like Deaquan Cook; you go watch him to be seen. The 6-foot-5 Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar product ranks No. 5 in our 2006 list and is sure to be one of the hottest recruits in America for the next year.

This week, we had a chance to speak with Al Powell, an assistant coach at Dunbar, in regards to what to expect from Cook's recruitment.

Powell said that Cook is nowhere near ready to think about making a commitment. Rather the player is working on his grades and won't move forward with his decision until after his high school season.

"In March we'll be moving," Powell said. "We'll be telling some people yes and some people no and we hope to make a decision in June or July. That's our plan on paper."

There are a few schools sure to make the initial cut, according to Powell. Said programs are Ohio State, Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Most of those schools have already been in to see him.

"Recently Roy Williams was at an open gym," Powell said. "Thad Matta and Bob Huggins and Oklahoma was there. Michigan State has stopped in the school. Syracuse was there and Tommy Amaker. Michigan is a big fan.

"Oklahoma has come in and is selling his program really good and that's one reason I don't want to pigeon hole anybody. But there will come a time when we have to say ‘this is what he's got to choose from.'"

When that time comes, schools from the tri-state area could play big roles. "The tri-state area appeals to his family but it's not a requirement."

Early childhood favorites aren't always the most reliable insight into a college decision, but for what it's worth, Cook was light blue fan. "North Carolina is his childhood favorite school. He's a big Michael Jordan fan."

Cook will spend his Midnight Madness on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

Once the season ends, Powell said Cook will look to make his move. "By the end of the basketball season we want to have some official visits lined up. We want to see some of the teams play that he's interested in."


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