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Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, October 19, 2002

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Herrion backcourt target slated for Homecoming visit

Tulane, DePaul and Houston add commitments


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Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

'Power guard' Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating bushes for point guards...
Fayetteville guard likes ECU's C-USA ties...
C-USA teams lure big men, big names...
Jamaican joins ECU's international cast...
49ers, Cards snare key '03 commitments...
Ranking the Carolinas recruiting classes...
Foster has plans to bulk up for C-USA...
Wiley refining his game for C-USA wars...
Holcombe-Faye 'pipeline' flows eastward...
'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
Juco wings top off dazzling class...
It's a wrap — ECU signs Moberly's Wiley...
Pirate recruiting class almost complete...
JC Transfer Mackay Makes It Official...
Herrion Snares Aussie Shooting Guard...
High-scoring Rivers signs with ECU...
Pirates seek experience in Juco targets...
Rivers attracted by 'tough' schedule...
'Minges Maniacs' impacted decision...
ECU makes early offer to Enloe junior...
C-USA transforms Pirates' recruiting...
ACC schools' pursuit of Rouse too late...
Mumau's C-USA recruiting roundup...
Kinston forward Rouse officially signs...

Catch up on football recruiting news...

Recruit "set" on ECU but open to suitors...
Camp Logan grad Adams commits...
First impressions important for OT Brown...
Starmount O-lineman Brown headed East...
Parker, Brim wield multiple talents...
Beddingfield QB Parker picks Pirates...
ECU wins recruiting battle for Brim...
Future Pirates hang out together...
Pace quickens: Howard, Black commit...
Running backs stable gains young talent...
Batten's 2003 Recruiting Crystal Ball...
Scotland Connection Keeps Flowing...
Lineman Devours Barbells & Groceries...
Batten's Signing Day Report Card...
Newest Pirates & Thumbnail Profiles...
Bonesville Scores 92% — 22 of 24 Sign...
Signing Day Reflects Progress at ECU...
Coach Primed for His Favorite Time...
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Signees from the Carolinas & C-USA...

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We’ve all heard of power forwards, but how about a power guard? That’s pretty much the description of Mike Cook, who was scheduled to visit East Carolina Oct. 18-20.

Cook's excursion to Greenville happens to coincide with major hoopla in Pirate Land. Not only is it East Carolina's Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend, Coach Bill Herrion's hoops squad will stage its open-to-the-public Purple-Gold scrimmage in Williams Arena prior to Saturday's ECU-South Florida football game.

At 6-3 and over 200 pounds, Cook has the bulk and strength to post up smaller guards. And he also has the handle to get the ball close to the basket where he sometimes seems to score at will.

Cook is a fifth-year senior at New Hampton (NH) Prep School. Last season, he played in the same Wynnewood (PA) Friends Central backcourt with Shakur Mustaf, the highly ranked point guard who recently committed to Arizona over N.C. State. Cook averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

He appeared close to a commitment to Providence in the spring, with Massachusetts and ECU also recruiting him hard. He has scored over 820 on the SAT, but reportedly needs to raise his grade-point average in core courses, despite making a couple of A’s in summer school at Friends Central.

Cook is a good shooter off the dribble. He takes the ball to the basket, finishes strong and handles the ball well.

Two question marks concerning Cook are his three-point shot, which needs to be more consistent, and his weight. Some college coaches who have seen him feel he needs to shed some pounds in order to match up better with quick wing guards.

However, his size also produces mismatches in his favor and helps him score a lot of his points.

East Carolina has offered Cook a scholarship. So have Rhode Island, Iowa State and George Washington. Marquette, Florida State and Memphis have also shown interest.

He is scheduled to take an official visit to Rhode Island Oct. 25-27, and he has mentioned possibly taking a trip to Iowa State in the spring. He could wait until then to sign rather than doing so during the November early signing period.

Updating a couple of names mentioned in our last column in connection with the Pirates:
Dwight Brewington, a 6-5 wing guard from Worcester (MA) Academy, committed to Providence.
Will Blalock, a point guard from Fitchburg (MA) Notre Dame Prep, has eliminated ECU from his choices. He will visit Iowa State next weekend and is also considering Pittsburgh, George Washington and Memphis.

Other C-USA news

Tulane landed three players in a one-week span, giving the Green Wave four commitments so far.
Troy Aaron of Lake Charles (LA) St. Louis, chose Tulane over Houston, DePaul, Louisiana Tech and McNeese State. The 6-foot point guard averaged 24 points and eight assists as a junior.

Vincent Camper, a 6-3 point guard from Oxford (MS) High School, picked the Green Wave over Fresno State after also receiving attention from Connecticut, Mississippi, Southern Methodist and Florida State. He averaged 17 points, 8.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds last season.

Dan Fitzgerald, a 6-8 small forward/power forward from Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas Academy, chose Tulane over West Virginia and Stanford. He also considered Bowling Green, Rice, Drake and Boston University.

DePaul added 6-2 wing guard Tyler Smith, who averaged nearly 25 points per game at Philadelphia (PA) Lutheran last season. He is now at Colora (MD) West Nottingham Academy as a fifth-year senior.

Houston has four commitments with the addition of 6-7 small forward Andrew Francis of Houston (TX) Elsik and 6-9 junior college power forward Darrius Brannon from Baytown (TX) Lee College.

Cincinnati has offered a scholarship to Mike Pilgrim, a 6-7 power forward from Brewster (NH) Academy. Seton Hall, Memphis, Connecticut and Purdue are also in the picture.

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