Cook quickly threw down his jack-of-spades and his attention turned as he and Pogue both took notice of a Black Woody "O" cap that was being worn by the Ohio State reporter approaching them.
"O-State," they shouted emphatically with an accompanying chorus of laughter.
While the thought of O-State apparently gets their juices flowing even during the bloodshed that is the game of rummy, the 6-foot-5 Cook's current list of schools is no laughing matter.
Cook's early list includes Ohio State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Florida State, Michigan State, and North Carolina. He is considered the top sophomore in Ohio, and one of the best in his class nationally.
Pogue, who is only a 6-8 freshman post player, does not yet have an established list of schools, but admitted that he and Cook are planning on playing college ball together, despite being separated by one class.
"We are definitely planning on going to the same school," he said with Cook nodding in agreement across the table from him.
Pogue, who has been repeatedly compared to North Carolina freshman Sean May, more importantly has grade issues to sort out.
This past season, he sat out due to being academically ineligible while nursing a concurrent toe injury. Pogue says not only his toe 100 percent, he has significantly improve his grades and now plans on being eligible this season for Dunbar.
"I learned my lesson," he said. "That won't happen again."
With Cook, Pogue, and sophomore wing Mark Anderson, Dunbar expects to make a serious run at the state title this season. They might be in a good position to do so.
Cook says he didn't make it up to any Ohio State basketball games this season, but he did attend several home football games back in the fall as well as Futures Day.
Ohio State fans should familiarize themselves with these two underclassmen. Over the next season they will be hearing a lot about them. In the meantime, the two will continue to lay down the cards both figuratively and literally speaking.