Over the weekend, BTPowerhouse got the chance to reach out to one of the hottest targets in the 2015 recruiting class and get his thoughts on his current season of high school play and his recruitment. Though college football's National Signing Day just wrapped up, there is still a lot of action on the college basketball recruiting trail and recruitments that could have a big impact on next season.
One prospect who has been receiving a lot of attention is Levi Cook out of Glen Daniel, West Virginia. Cook is considered by many to be one of the best players in West Virginia and one of the better big men in the nation. He is currently rated as a 3-star recruit according to the 247Composite and as the #20 center in the nation.
This season, Cook is focusing on both the classroom and the court. He stated that things are going well in school and one of the classes he has been focusing on is Spanish. On the court, Cook has also set some high goals for himself and his team, including hope that his team can compete for the national championship. He told BTPowerhouse that he believes his team has a shot because they are "so talented and well coached."
Some of the skills that Cook prides himself on are his passing and his high basketball IQ. On top of his skillset, he believes that some of his biggest contributions to the team are from his "positive" outlook and by simply "playing [his] part" in the team's system. His contributions have certainly been noteworthy as he is averaging 6.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.
There are also some areas where Cook is still working to improve. Cook not only cited his defense as an area of concern, but he is also motivated to lose some weight over the course of the season. Cook told BTPowerhouse that he is making some progress in this area and was appreciative of his coaches Jodie and Mike and Ryan Arrowood in helping him with this process.
Cook's stellar play has also attracted some serious college attention. According to 247Sports, he currently holds offers from Appalachian State, Drexel, East Tennessee State, Marshall, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Cook also told BTPowerhouse that Pittsburgh had offered as well. Along with these schools, Cook brought up Michigan as a Big Ten program that had recently expressed interest though they have yet to offer.
"I think [Michigan is] very interested and it's exciting to hear from them, so I'm definitely excited." Cook said.
Although Cook told BTPowerhouse that he has not set a timetable for making a decision, he stated that everything is"open" for the foreseeable future and that he would commit based more on "feel" than off any assigned date. Cook is currently planning to visit Drexel, Missouri, Pittsburgh, and South Carolina.
Michigan is currently projected to have one open scholarship for their 2015 recruiting class and though they have yet to offer Cook, this could be a player to watch as many major programs recruit him over the coming months.