Illinois Offers PF From the STL

Illinois has now offered St. Louis (MO) Chaminade PF Tyler Cook, teammate of elite 2016 Jayson Tatum.

The offers keep rolling in for class of 2016 prospects. Illinois is in need of an athletic post player in that class. They have identified another one in Chaminade 2016 power forward Tyler Cook and offered him a scholarship this week.

The Chaminade junior tells us that he received the offer in recent days after another big showing against East St. Louis, where we saw him record an impressive 15 points and 10 rebounds against one of the premier sophomore posts in the nation in Jeremiah Tilmon. He explained how the offer occurred.

“Well when they called, coach was just saying that they really needed a guy that plays the way I play," he said, "and that the way their 2015 class ended up I would fit in.”

Cook was pretty sure the offer was coming, but was still excited to hear the news.

“I was pretty happy," he said. "I’ve known for a while that they wanted me so the offer kind of made it official.”

The coaching staff went into detail with the junior about how he would fit in with the Big 10 program.

“I liked that they were really clear about how I’d fit in," Cook said. "They said that an athletic four man is the piece that they were missing and that I could be that guy.”

Could he be making an appearance in Champaign in the near future?

“Yes we talked about going up there for one of the remaining home games and getting a chance to sit down with them," he said. "We will probably get something set up soon.”

Scouting Report:

Cook impressed Saturday against East St. Louis at the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout with another workman-like effort. The progress Cook has made over the last year is truly remarkable. It has all started with the transformation of his body. A year ago Cook was an under-the-rim, tough, and crafty power forward.

Now, he is a quick and explosive four man that runs the floor and throws down monster dunks. Cook plays with great energy and a high activity level. He displays strong hands when both snatching rebounds and catching tough passes in traffic alike. Cook is tough and bouncy around the basket scoring by getting good position. He has improved as a passer as well finding guys out of the post.


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