It’s been about a week since Mookie Cook decommitted from the Oregon Ducks, and the 2023 No. 13 ranked prospect is still weighing his options – with his list including the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Cook initially had Gonzaga in his top-3, alongside Kentucky and Oregon, before ultimately committing to Oregon for about two months and opening things back up in late June, saying the following to On3:
“I would first like to say thank you to Coach Altman and the entire basketball coaching staff at the University of Oregon for believing in me. I am grateful for their support as well as the fans. However, after much consideration and talks with my family, I have decided to reopen my recruitment. During this time I will weigh other options in addition to The University of Oregon. I look forward to the continued support as I embark on this journey.“
On3 reported, per a source close to Cook, that his list still includes the original trio – Kentucky, Gonzaga, and Oregon – and he has also added the G-League Ignite, Duke, and Arizona to his list.
Duke notably has not made an offer to the five-star wing, although they are intending to watch him over the weekend in Kansas City at EYBL Session 3.
Arizona is a wildcard option here, as Cook has a lot of friends and teammates committed to Tommy Lloyd’s squad. Could Lloyd pull out a huge win in the 2023 cycle, only his second as a full-time head coach?
Cook would be an instant contributor on basically every team in the country, and has the potential to develop into a star player depending on the situation he finds himself in.
“He meshes well in a system,” Jason Jordan, the lead recruitment analyst at Sports Illustrated, said on the Locked on Zags podcast. “He’s a big wing, great rebounder, can guard multiple positions, he does a lot of things that check all the boxes that aren’t on the stat sheet. He’s a guy that you’re gonna win with.”
Seeing how Cook’s recruitment shakes out – and whether he decides to reclassify to 2022 – will be a big storyline for Gonzaga this summer.
Andy hosts the Locked on Zags and Locked on College Basketball podcasts, and serves Locked On in a marketing/digital content creator role as well. He lives just outside Portland with his wife Jenna and dog, Tillie.