Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gamecocks Round Ball News: Cooke to USC

Welcome to Univ of South Carolina Malik Cooke! Cooke is (6'6 205) a transfer from Nevada, who wanted to transfer back closer to home (Charlotte) due to a personal issue even if it meant that he would have to pay for school.

Cooke is still in the process of getting some of his classes worked out and seeing what can transfer and what cannot. Right now it is believed he will have to sit out a year despite being a walk on. Cooke will have three years to play two. Cooke could very likely sit out this year using his redshirt year while paying his own way and then get a scholarship next year as the Gamecocks do have six scholarships to give. He would be eligible to play in the 2010-11 season, when the Gamecocks will need to replace a bunch of key guys: Devan Downey, Dominique Archie, Brandis Raley-Ross and Evka Baniulis. One of the major reasons for Cooke transferring to South Carolina was his relationship with Gamecock freshman Lakeem Jackson.

Cooke is a 6'6 wing player that has a good face up game and more importantly has a seven foot wing span that allows him to guard other post players and not give up to much ground.

Cooke may not be a show stopper but we will certainly welcome him to gamecock basketball. He joins two other commitments for the 2010 class: R.J. Slawson, a 6-7 forward from the Charleston area, and Eric Smith, a 5-9 guard from Mullins.

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