Oregon men’s basketball has landed 5-star wing Mookie Cook, a 6’6″ shooter with size and athleticism. The Ducks needed to make a splash in the 2020 recruiting class after losing 2 starters from last year. With his commitment they are showing off their depth at one of the most important positions in sports.

The “top basketball recruits” is a list of the top 5 prospects in the 2023 class. The Oregon Ducks have landed one of these players, Mookie Cook.

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  • Borzello, Jeff

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    High-school-basketball-powerhouses-form-national-league-set-to-beginESPN Contributor

    • Insider on basketball recruitment.
    • In 2014, he joined ESPN.
    • University of Delaware graduate.
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    1621873986_749_High-school-basketball-powerhouses-form-national-league-set-to-beginBasketball Talent Scouting

    • ESPN.com’s National Recruiting Director
    • Coached at the Division I level for 18 years.
    • Wright State’s former Horizon League coach of the year

Mookie Cook, a top-20 talent in 2023, has committed to Oregon, earning the Ducks’ second top-five commitment since 2007.

Over Kentucky and Gonzaga, Cook selected Dana Altman’s program. He has a lengthy history with Oregon since his sister, Chaquinn, was a two-time All-American in track and field with the Ducks in 2017 and 2018.

Cook told ESPN, “I know where I want to go and the time is great for me.” “I went to each of the three schools. Coach Altman came to see me play in the Les Schwab tournament when I was in seventh grade. He’s been recruiting me ever since… I was usually on campus, and their amenities are fantastic.”

Cook was a top goal for Oregon early in the process, and the Ducks have continued to push for him over the last several months.

Coach Altman is a kind person, according to Cook. “On the court, he’s laid-back yet serious. He is a really receptive individual. In-game, he pays attention to his teammates. Mike Mennenga, the assistant coach, was in constant contact with me throughout the process. We developed a fantastic friendship.”

Cook, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Portland, Oregon, is rated No. 5 in the ESPN 100 for the junior class. He attends Arizona Compass Prep. In 2023, he is the No. 2 player at his position.

Cook averaged 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists for the Oakland Soldiers’ 16U grassroots program on the Nike EYBL circuit last summer, then followed up with impressive efforts at Arizona Compass Prep during his junior season. At the Hoophall Classic in January, he recorded 16 points and six rebounds on the national stage versus National Christian Academy.

Cook is a diminutive striker who can have an influence on the game even if he doesn’t score. He may rebound and dribble the ball forward, or he can make a hit-ahead pass. He’s also a versatile defender who can score in the post or off pull-up jumpers, thrives in transition, and can finish near the basket.

Cook’s next step is to improve his ball handling, particularly in the half court against a set defense, by getting under control and being more nimble. He also has to improve from a competent to a consistent 3-point shooter.

Cook’s pledge represents Oregon’s third consecutive class with a five-star recruit, but he’s just the Ducks’ second top-five recruit since the ESPN recruiting database started in 2007. During that time, he was the second-highest-ranked Oregon prospect, behind only Bol Bol, who was ranked No. 4 in 2018.

Cook joins ESPN 60 point guard Jackson Shelstad as Oregon’s second 2023 pledge. Kwame Evans, the No. 2 overall junior in the class, is the Ducks’ main target.

“Jackson Shelstad is someone I’ve known since I was in fourth grade. So I’m looking forward to playing with him “Cook said. “I’m hoping Kwame Evans Jr. can join us as well.”

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