Playing in a talented backcourt at Langston Hughes High School, point guard Derrick Cook has shown quite a bit of development during the past several months. Over the summer, Cook has played on the Georgia Stars AAU team before his senior campaign begins, and the 6-foot-3, 180-pound floor general has had a strong showing.
As the primary ball-handler for his team, Cook is trusted to make safe decisions that facilitate and push the offense forward. Not only does he do that well, but he’s a dangerous scorer in his own right due to his slashing ability and quick burst off the dribble.
“My playing style is smooth,” Cook told Today’s U. “I’m just a smooth operator.”
Over the offseason, Cook pledged to improve his shooting and decision making, two areas that he believes he is making strides in. This will help round out what is a well-rounded game complete with stingy defense and spirited rebounding in the months leading up to his senior season.
“My offseason has been going pretty well,” he said. “I’m picking up new offers as we go along the AAU [circuit], and it just keeps getting better.”
On the recruiting trail, Cook is reaping the benefits of his consistent hard work, and the result comes in the form of scholarship offers from various programs across the country. Cook touched on his recruiting profile progression and which schools have come into is recruitment recently with good news.
“It’s been going good,” he said. “I started out with two offers and now I have 10. Schools like UNC-Asheville, North Carolina – Greensboro, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga. I’m just taking everything I like from certain schools and trying to decide which one would best fit me.”
While these schools are evaluating Cook, the Georgia prospect is also comparing each school to one another in search of the best fit. Cook broke down what factors he’s paying the most attention to and what will dictate his recruitment.
“If the school has my major, how I get along with the coaches and players and the feel of the university,” Cook said. “As in, if they make me feel like a family.”
Cook has gone out and visited multiple schools, including North Carolina – Greensboro and the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and discussed how they stack up to one another in his estimation.
“North Carolina – Greensboro, I really liked their campus,” he said. “They have new, state of the art dorms and cafeteria. They are really putting a lot of money into the university, and I like that. I get along with the coach very well. UTC is more of a city set up. I got a chance to stay with a couple of players and coaches, and they had a real nice plan for me if I come to their school.”
In respect to when Cook will shut down his recruitment, the talented prospect is keeping an open ear to the crowd for the time being.
“I was going to go on a couple of official visits first, then I was going to decide,” he said. “There is no timetable.”
Without a firm time when he would like to be committed, it is likely that Cook passes the early signing period on November 11.