Cook Excited to Consider Ohio State

Daequan Cook of Dayton Dunbar has a chance to be Ohio's most highly regarded high school player since LeBron James. He will be in Columbus tomorrow to check out Ohio State, and Kyle Lamb caught up with him to find out where the Buckeyes stand.

There seems to be a lot of excitement once again with Ohio State basketball. The fans aren't the only ones feeling it, however.

On the verge of the most significant recruiting weekend in quite a while for Ohio State basketball fans, Daequan Cook seems to be just as happy thinking of the possibilities.

Cook, a 6-4 junior shooting guard ranked the third best player in America by the Insiders Hoops, will join four other sensational junior players this weekend on a trip to Columbus for an unofficial visit.

Mike Conley and Greg Oden, ranked as the top point guard and center in the nation respectively, join David Lighty, Richard Semrau and Cook on the campus of Ohio State this weekend.

Ever since Jim O'Brien was the head coach of Ohio State, Cook has loved the Buckeyes. But since Thad Matta arrived, his excitement has only increased significantly.

"I really like them (Ohio State) a lot," Cook told Bucknuts on Wednesday evening. "He (Matta) is a great coach. I think he's going to do really good at Ohio State."

Ohio State was reportedly doing very well with Cook before O'Brien's dismissal. Cook grew up a North Carolina fan, and since the coaching change, many have predicted that makes the tar heels the team to beat.

But how much of a factor is that, really?

"I'm not showing any favoritism to them (North Carolina)," Cook said. "I've got a lot of options right now, and I'm going to have to do what's best for me."

Whatever is best for Cook is something only Cook himself can answer, but in Cook's own words, Ohio State is sitting better than ever before.

"It's way stronger than ever with the new staff there at Ohio State," Cook said of his interest in the Buckeyes. "There will be a different outcome this year, in the future, and the surroundings will be different. It's a college that I really like a lot."

Cook lists Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Illinois, Clemson, and Michigan State as the teams he's currently looking at.

Although Cook has admittedly a few favorites, he cautions he will explore all his options and make an educated decision. But in the end, the educated decision might be where his heart lies.

"I wouldn't have a problem going there at all," he said of Ohio State. "It's in the state, it's a great Division I program, and honestly, I really want to stay close to home."

With or without Cook, Ohio State fans' excitement is seemingly only going to grow.

Saturday afternoon after the football Buckeyes score a touchdown, folks might be looking to Oden and Conley to see how in to the experience they really are.

A positive reaction might even leave Cook with a smile on his face.

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