Cook, a 6-10 center from Elev8 Sports Institute in Florida, signed on the first day of the spring signing period.
Cook will give Leitao some much needed help in the frontcourt for the 2016-17 season.
“The frontcourt was a major area of need for us in this class and Levi Cook was someone that we identified and made an absolute priority. We love the size and skill set that he brings to our team,” Leitao said. “He is a true low-post center that embraces playing on the block. He is a skilled back-to-the-basket scorer who sees the floor and can really pass the ball out of the post. He also has excellent touch for a player his size, showing the ability to step away from the basket and knock down mid-range jumpers.”
Cook has lost over 45 lbs. in the last year and is in the best playing shape of his career.
“Levi has done an incredible job with his body in the past year and the fact that he has played against top-level competition day in and day out throughout his prep career will help him as a he transitions to the Big East,” Leitao said. “I think our fans will love the winning mentality and high basketball IQ that Levi brings to our program. He has a great ability to connect with people and is a great teammate. We are thrilled to welcome him to the DePaul basketball family.”
Cook joins Brandon Cyrus, Al Eichelberger, Chris Harrison-Docks, and Devin Gage in DePaul’s 2016 recruiting class.