Cook Back On The Market

Huntington Prep (W.Va.) center Levi Cook is back on the market after backing off his pledge to West Virginia. What does that mean for the big center, and the Mountaineer recruiting class of 2015?

For two years it appeared that Levi Cook would keep his residence inside the state of West Virginia when he moved on to college. Now, questions lurk about his future.

After verbally committing to West Virginia in September 2012, Cook has re-opened his recruitment, decommitting from the Mountaineers on Thursday.

“After speaking with my family and the coaching staff at WVU, I have decided, at this time, to re-open my recruitment,” Cook said in a statement via twitter.

With the departure of Cook West Virginia's class of 2015 has two two members, James Bolden and Esa Ahmad.

Cook (6-10, 300 lbs.), was expected to bring an interior presence that has been lacking inside the Mountaineer program the last couple of years. Known for his rebounding and overall size on the interior, he was viewed as a player who could patrol the lane defensively while developing his offensive game. While Cook still lists WVU as a possible destination, it is clear at this point that both player and school are looking at other options.

The Mountaineers have been connected recently with Westchester Community College forward Luis Montero. While Montero doesn’t fill the same role left by Cook, his length and shot blocking ability has the West Virginia staff intrigued. He's a swing player who can handle the ball like a point guard, but can also defend bigger players, owing to his 6-8 height.

Several options remain for Cook and WVU. The former stated that his decommitment should not be viewed as a negative comment on West Virginia or its coaching staff, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to visit and stay interested in the Mountaineers. Cook was on campus for an unofficial visit for the Oklahoma football game last weekend.

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