Cook-In In New England

WOLFEBORO, N.H. – Mike Cook wasn't the best guest this weekend. He rolled up here to Brewster Academy and made life miserable for his hosts by posting the kind of performance that's upping the ante in his recruitment.

Cook Continues Impressive Season

The Philadelphia native – a product of Friends' Central – scored every which way Saturday night in the finals of the Brewster Invitational, ending up with 35 points and leading the New Hampton (NH) School past its in-state rivals 82-80.

"That's the reason he's at New Hampton, what he did tonight," Huskies assistant Chris Parsons said of the 6-3, 210-pound perimeter jack-of-all-trades. "He can be as good as he wants to be. He hits big shots."

He definitely did against Jason Smith's Bobcats. Cook, a muscular, broad-shouldered, thick-legged type, hit a three to give NHS a 79-78 lead in the final minute. He also added three free throws to seal the victory.

"There's no such thing as clutch," Cook said after the game. "The game is the game. If I'm open, I'm going to shoot it. I've always had that killer mentality with scoring and rebounding."

And that's why he's shaping up to be an attractive spring signee for somebody. The knock on him is that he's too short to play his natural position, but that assumes he even has a natural position.

"I can run the 1, 2 or 3, and sometimes on this team I play the four," he said. "In college I think I'll play the 1 or the 2 or maybe the three. It doesn't really matter."

It might not. Cook brings a bunch of intangibles that are going to translate at any position at any level. Penn State and West Virginia have apparently joined a group of suitors that also includes Rhode Island.

"The 35 points tonight – he can do that," Parsons said. "Can he play defense? Can he move the ball and get his teammates involved? Is he going to keep his head up? Those are the questions for now."


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