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Sunday / June 23.
  • Providence Latest to Show Love for Levi Cook

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    4_456368By ZACH SMART

    Providence is the latest program to show significant interest in Levi Cook. The 6-foot-10, 286-pound center has lost weight and gained high-major interest since de-committing from West Virginia.

    “I definitely like what Providence has to offer, they’re a very reputable program,” said Cook, who is currently at Elev8 Prep in Delray Beach, Fla.

    “They have a history of producing players and basketball means a lot up there. I like the way Ed Cooley coaches. He’s got a little fire in his belly. He’s a homegrown product. He’s a motivational guy and he wants them to be great.”

    Cook has yet to receive an offer from the Friars, albeit the interest has mounted. Recovering from a debilitating ACL injury, Cook should return to top-shelf form in the ensuing month or two. He said he has no favorite or no concrete “top-5” list right now, simply taking his time with the process.

    Cook admitted he might have had a quick-trigger with his initial decision to attend WVU, but he wishes nothing but success for his hometown program.

    Virginia Tech, as Cook noted, is showing the most consistent love. Coach Steve Roccaforte has been a major presence in his recruitment.

    “Oh yeah, coach Rock is great people,” said Cook, who will bring a mammoth interior presence alongside 6-foot-11 Australian import Sam Alabakis (Louisiana-Monroe) at Elev8.

    “Coach Rock has been recruiting me for about two years. Virginia Tech is close to home and they play in the ACC too, that’s a tough conference.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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