'They Offered'

Daequan Cook has always grown up pulling for North Carolina and now he will get to decide whether he wants to play for the Tar Heels.

The 6-4 ½, 200-pound Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar junior swingman said he has a scholarship offer from UNC – and that the Tar Heels are one of his five leaders – along with Ohio State, Michigan, Wake Forest and Oklahoma.

There's one caveat to the situation, though, and it's not necessarily proximity, although distance could also be a factor at the end of the day.

Cook said he'd ideally like to go somewhere and play with his Spiece Indy Heat teammate, junior point guard Mike Conley Jr.

"We're trying to make the same decision on a school," Cook said. "We both like Wake Forest and Ohio State."

Cook, who averaged 23.4 points and 12.7 boards as a sophomore, is a big-time player who does a little – no, make that a lot – of everything. He can score in just about every way, rebounds well for someone his size and handles the ball.

However, none of those are the attributes that impress his first-year coach Peter Pullen the most.

"His unselfishness is what really stands out to me," Pullen said. "That might hurt us some, because sometimes he's got to be selfish. He's such a good all-around player and such a hard-worker. He's a student of the game who has all the tools."

Cook has already taken unofficial visits to Ohio State and Michigan and he plans to go to Wake Forest, along with Conley, for a game in December.

"I'm also going to visit Carolina," Cook said. "They offered and I loved them growing up, but at the same time I have to keep my options open. I just have to go on a few more visits and see what they're all about."


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