Levi Cook Commits to DePaul

DePaul coach Dave Leitao got some much needed size for 2016 with the verbal commitment of 6-9 big man Levi Cook today. 

Levi Cook first took an official visit to DePaul back in February and today he reached his decision.

“Everybody I met there were the sweetest, nicest people I’ve met," Cook said of his visit to DePaul.  "I always had a lot of trust in the coaches and the players.”  

The 6-9 big man hails from a small town in West Virginia, but has spent the last year preparing for college at Elev8 Prep in Florida.

Cook is regarded as one of the best big men available in the 2016 recruiting class by Scout.com analysts Evan Daniels and Brian Snow.

Cook, who at one time committed to West Virginia, has bounced back from an injury last year and lost 45 pounds to put himself in great shape for his final high school season.

“I’m big and pretty good on my feet," remarked Cook.  "I just play with a lot of heart. I feel like I can do whatever Coach needs me to do." 

Levi chose DePaul over offers from VCU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.  He was also receiving interest from Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Providence.

Playing in the Big East has always been a dream for the young man from West Virginia. 

“I’m excited, I grew up watching Big East basketball,” said Levi. 

Cook cited DePaul coach Dave Leitao as a big reason for his decision. 

“I think we think a lot the same ways, we have a lot of the same values," said Cook.  "He wants me and my class to start something new at DePaul and start something better.” 

Cook joins Brandon Cyrus, Al Eichelberger, Chris Harrison-Docks, and Devin Gage in DePaul’s 2016 recruiting class. 

Cook has already gotten to know his classmates that will be coming in with him this summer.  Levi played against Al Eichelberger when he was at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.  He also got to know Chris Harrison-Docks while the two visited DePaul in February.

“I feel like I know my brothers already,” said Cook.  “I think me and my class can do something special for DePaul.  We want to be something special for DePaul.  We’re not just out there for ourselves, we’re out there for you guys as well.”

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