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2003 Scouting Report:

Strengths: Creates mismatches with his versatility as he has the ability to play both forward spots ... Shows solid post footwork when getting the ball on the block ... Prefers to catch the ball in the high post where his face up game is most effective ... Has the ability to make the 18 foot jumper with some regularity ... Great finisher around the basket where he is able to make difficult shots due to his long arms and soft touch ... Shows solid mobility for a player his size as he can run the court with ease ... Although not a spectacular rebounder but when motivated he can be a solid presence underneath the glass ... Great free throw shooter at his position ... Has a solid grasp of the fundamental aspect of the game ... Shows above average ball handling for his size ... Owns a great turnaround jump shot from 14 feet from the basket... Does a good job of recognizing double teams ... Solid passer when he receives the ball in the high post... Keeps the ball high after the post entry feed...

Weakness: His desire is one big question mark, how badly does he want to improve? ... Athletically Cook lacks the explosive leaping ability needed to be an effective shot blocker... Shot selection could stand improvement as he can settle for taking the perimeter jumper... Although he has improved his back to the basket moves, he is still in need of development... Needs to work on consistently taking opposing defenders off the dribble ... Lack of ball protection skills create a fair amount of turnovers ... Has the looks of a tweener in that he is without a true position in the NBA ... Can go through moments where his doesn't display much aggressiveness although he has improved this year... Struggles at times when guarded by a physical defender... Has 3-point range on his jumper but clearly can become too infatuated with firing from the top of the key ... Would benefit with adding 10-15 more pounds of muscle to his body if he is too play power forward ... Mental toughness leaves a little to be desired ... Defensively Cook must improve on playing better positional defense ... Can be foul prone from time to time ... Has problems getting the ball in the post as he doesn't always work to get good position ...

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

1999-00 Illinois

32

52.6

31.6

61.4

0.7

0.9

4.5

0.8

9.0

2000-01 Illinois

35

54.6

36.8

80.2

0.6

1.3

6.1

1.2

11.2

2001-02 Illinois

35

50.9

36.5

87.3

1.2

1.4

6.7

1.3

13.5

2002-03 Illinois

29

48.8

30.1

81.9

0.7

0.4

7.6

2.0

20.1

DIV I Totals

131

51.3

33.9

79.3

0.8

1.0

6.2

1.3

13.4

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