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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, February 15, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Pirates still chasing backcourt prospects

 
Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

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Prolific scorer Atuahene warms up to ECU...
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49ers, Cards snare key '03 commitments...
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'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
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Looking to bolster its backcourt, East Carolina continues to recruit a couple of high-scoring guards, one with a lofty reputation, the other without.

It’s not that Antwi Atuahene doesn’t have the game. He’s averaging over 30 points and close to 10 assists, but he plays in Canada, and there isn’t a lot said or written about him in the United States.

The ECU coaching staff is keeping up with him, though; you can be sure of that. Atuahene plays point guard for Father Henry Carr, but with his size (6-3 and 185 pounds), strength and scoring ability, he may be better suited for the two spot in college.

Mike Cook seems to be the Pirates’ preference. Another strong guard — he’s 6-3 and 200 pounds — Cook is enjoying an outstanding season at New Hampton (NH) Prep School. His headline effort was against Coastal Christian at the War on the Shore when he threw in 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

The shooting guard can score in a number of ways. He hits some jump shots, although outside shooting is probably his weak point, drives hard to the basket and goes to the free throw line frequently.

Cook has visited Greenville and Rhode Island. He expects to get more major attention, and if he does, Cook will likely go elsewhere. If that doesn’t happen, ECU has a shot.

New Hampton coach Jamie Arsenault said Cook "has heard" from Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Memphis and Marquette. But offers are another story. So, we’ll see.

You may recall that Cook committed to Providence last year, but by the time he qualified academically, the Friars had said no thank you. A fifth-year senior, he averaged 19 points and seven rebounds per game last season at Wynnewood (PA) Friends Central.

ECU loses interest

One guard who won’t be coming to East Carolina is Randy Pulley. The Bucs showed interest during the summer, but haven’t been in touch in quite a while.

"We haven’t heard from them since late August or early September," said Ryan Wolf, Pulley’s coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

The reason may be that, although he is an effective point guard, Pulley can’t shoot a lick from the outside. That shortcoming obviously invites defenses to pack it in, guard the lane and offer wide-open jump shots.

"He overcomes that by going right by people," Wolf said. "Randy is so quick. He’s also really strong, and he can get in gaps and make things happen. He makes plays. He’s a great playmaker, a real good penetrator who gets in the paint just about all the time."

Pulley is 6-1 and weighs in a 215 pounds. That’s a hefty point guard. He is averaging 12 points, 6.3 assists, four rebounds and almost two steals per game, while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the foul line.

Asked about Pulley’s three-point accuracy, Wolf said, "He doesn’t shoot any. He does not have that shot."

Pulley, who averaged five points and 2.3 assists in nearly 20 minutes a game as a freshman at St. Louis last year, had his biggest outing against Lee College. He scored 25 points, dished out an incredible 16 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in that one. He was even better in the assist department, with 18, while scoring 15 against Neosho County.

Originally from Raleigh, he received pretty heavy attention from N.C. State before the Wolfpack accepted a commitment from Mike O’Donnell, a point guard from Largo (FL) High School.

"Kentucky and Missouri are very interested," Wolf said, "and so is Pittsburgh. Coaches from Kentucky and Missouri were at our game the other night. Both were looking at Randy for the second time."

DePaul gets jump

DePaul is off and running for 2004 with a commitment from Aking Elting of Southern Idaho Junior College.

The 5-11 point guard from Elizabethtown, N.C., has also received scholarship offers from Utah and Fresno State.

Elting, a freshman at Southern Idaho, is very quick and creates lots of opportunities for teammates with his ability to beat defenders and penetrate.

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