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By ADAM ZAGORIAMarquis “Mookie” Cook, the No. 2 small forward in 2023 per 247Sports.com, has trimmed his list to nine schools.
Cook is considering Arizona, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, Oregon, Texas Tech, and UCLA, he told on3.com. He has an official set for Oregon Feb. 10-12.
He previously broke down several schools for ZAGSBLOG:
Kentucky: “They just said you’re a versatile player, you can play multiple positions. They really want me. They like that I can post up, pretty much make an impact on the game without offense, just a presence of being on the court.”
Cook took his first official visit to Kentucky in October. “It was dope, man,” he said. “It’s a real family place. You can understand the brotherhood behind it, why they have so many NBA players, and just the legacy.”
Gonzaga: “They like how I can play fast, that’s their game style, up and down trying to get some buckets. They think I can come in and be a versatile player.”
Arizona: “Tommy Lloyd came from Gonzaga so pretty much the same message. He loves how I play. I have a pretty good connection with him, he’s a good guy.”
Oregon: “Oregon, that’s my hometown, it would be dope to play there. Dana Altman, Phil Knight, that’s just greatness behind it.”
Kansas: “Pretty much the same thing, they love how I play. They say being coached by Bill Self, that would be dope.”
Michigan:“Juwan Howard, he loves that I can play multiple positions, stretch the floor out and play hard with intensity. That’s the main thing he loves.”
He broke down the others with on3.com:
UCLA: “Mick Cronin kind of stands for himself. That’s the man. That’s the man on the West Coast. So UCLA would be a great place to be, California.”
Memphis: “They’re just trying to mold, just like us. “They have some young players that reclassed up and Penny [Hardaway] is letting them ball. He’s letting Emoni Bates do what he does. That’s one thing that he said to me, that he would like me do what I do. Just be able to play my game as a tall guard so I can’t complain.”
Texas Tech: “Man, Barret [Peery], he came from Portland so I have a great connection with him. That’s my dog, I can’t complain. He’s going to let me rock out.”
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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.