Providence In Pursuit of 6-10 Cook

Providence continues to look for big man help on the recruiting trail and one name that has been mentioned in recent months is Levi Cook.

Aspects of Levi Cook's game have changed over the last six months.
Trimmed down from 300 pounds and now at 284, the 6-foot-10 Cook is running the floor more than ever. He's embraced a scoring role while entertaining a national schedule at Elev8 Prep in sun-baked Delray Beach, Fla.
Implenting and incorporating a new pack of post moves and supplementing his back to the basket game with a steady 18-20 foot jumper has increased his scoring acumen.
During his stay at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, Cook took a back seat in the scoring department. He was a supplemental scoring option, facilitating for go-to bigs such as Thomas Bryant (Indiana) and Angel Delgado (Seton Hall). 
Cook's basketball IQ and knack for interior passing paid dividends at Huntington Prep. Now, as a key cog alongside wiry 6-foot-8 forward Leroy Butts (interest from Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss), Cook has emerged into one of the country's most sought-after unsigned Centers.
With Virginia Tech, Providence, Ole Miss, Nebraska, VCU, Georgetown, Florida International, St. Louis, Marshall and several others in the hunt, Cook remains undecided.
He is certainly intrigued, however, at what Providence has to offer. 
"Kris Dunn's a monster, Jalen (Lindsey) is doing his thing. They are doing pretty well as a program," Cook said.
"You can tell (Ed Cooley's) players love playing for him and he loves coaching them. I'm setting official visits soon. The next week or so." 
Cook said that Elev8, with a guard-heavy lineup featuring Cal-signee Tyson Jolly, has enabled him to maximize his tools in the post.
"I feel as if I've always had great way to score," Cook said. "I just knew my place on the team. I did what I felt like I needed to, in order to help us win."
Providence has yet to offer Cook.
Virginia Tech appears to be the front-runner for Cook. He rattled off Virginia Tech, DePaul, Longwood, Florida International, and VCU as programs that have heaped scholarship offers on him.
Virginia Tech appears to be the front runner in Cook's recruitment, with head coach Steve Roccaforte showing interest from the very beginning. Cool recently visited Virginia Tech alongside the aforementioned Butts and burgeoning mid-major prospect and Elev8 teammate Rodney Culver, a 6-foot-5 off guard out of Ohio.


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