He wasn’t kidding.
Cook, a 6-foot-8 forward, already had offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma State, LSU, Houston and Tulsa when Iowa State joined the mix, but he hadn’t yet been to any JUCO camps. The July evaluation period helped him burst onto the scene.
“I went to Atlanta for the top-80 camp and I kind of had a good performance down there,” Cook said. “Things kind of picked up.”
Cook added offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Missouri, Ole Miss, Nebraska and West Virginia with a strong three-week showing in front of coaches. Arkansas was on the cusp of offering even before the evaluation period began.
What schools are showing the most interest currently?
“Iowa State, they’re still showing the most interest,” Cook said. “Then LSU, of course, and Coach [Mike] Anderson down there in Arkansas is showing a lot of interest.”
Iowa State has made Cook, who averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for Connors State College, a key target. When the Cyclones offered in June he was almost certain he would take a visit to Iowa State along with LSU, Arkansas and Kansas State.
Now, Cook needs to reevaluate his options with newfound interest. He has been in constant contact with Iowa State, primarily head coach Steve Prohm.
“I talk to him every other day probably. I talk to Coach Prohm a lot,” Cook said, “[He’s telling me] what type of coach he is basically. He’s trying to continue on with the success they’ve been having. He talks about [playing time]. He knows that I know I can come in and play. He’s selling me on what kind of program he runs and how I would fit in.”
While Cook had initially planned to take his official visits this fall, he is now telling coaches he plans to take them in the spring following his season. He plans to use all five official visits and be a later signee sometime next spring.
“I was going to start narrowing them down when I got to school,” Cook said of his long list of suitors. “I didn’t think it would get to where it is now to where I’d have, out of my 13 offers, I didn’t know like 10 of them would be Power 5 schools.”