5-Star Forward Mookie Cook has recommitted to Oregon Basketball after a few months to consider his options. The six-foot-seven player was debating between returning to his home state or possibly heading straight to the G-League.
Cook — out of Compass Prep HS in Chandler, Arizona — originally committed to Oregon earlier this year, then left the program in June. Head coach Dana Altman now has one of the top recruits not only in the state but in the country back in the fold in Eugene.
Cook told 247Sports it was partly about communication:
“They just kept recruiting me and it was kind of the same deal and it just from talking to the other coaches and continuing to talk to Coach Altman it just felt like the overall best place for me.”
Mookie Cook is a player with a ton of athleticism and can play both ends of the floor. He is also a player that can be placed in multiple places on the floor for Dana Altman, who should find no problem in finding a spot on the court for Cook to play.
The Oregon basketball commit also found time over the summer to hone his acting skills by playing a young LeBron James in a movie about his life. Cook said it was an opportunity to build his confidence, telling 247 Sports:
“You have to be confident in yourself and don’t ever lower yourself. That’s what LeBron has. You can tell through his whole life that he’s been confident and that’s carried him.”
Cooks joins a very talented 2023 Recruiting Class for Dana Altman, possibly one of the strongest classes since he arrived in Eugene. With the addition of Cook, 247Sports ranks the Ducks’ current class at 6th in the nation. Oregon also has commitments from 5-Star Small Forward Kwame Evans, Jr. and Oregon native Jackson Shelstad who comes from the same area as former Oregon Duck Payton Pritchard.
Over the coming month, Oregon Basketball will start preparation for the upcoming 2022 season. The 2022 schedule has not yet been released.
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