Big Ten Player of the Year and unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection by both the media and coaches ... Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and unanimous All-Big Ten Tournament Team selection after averaging 20.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in Illinois’ three-game dash to the title ... One of 20 finalists for the James Naismith Award and one of 22 finalists for the John Wooden Award, given to the top player in college basketball ... Also a finalist for the USBWA Player of the Year and one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award ... First-Team NABC All-District 11 selection ... USBWA All-District V selection … Ranks fourth in Illini history in scoring with 1,712 career points … Ranks seventh in school history in rebounding with 789 boards … Big Ten scoring champion, finishing league play with a scoring average of 20.0 points ... Leads the conference in scoring in all-games with an average of 20.1 points … Third in the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 7.2 boards ... Ranks eighth in the league in field goal percentage (.494) and ninth in free throw percentage (.813) ... Has led Illinois in scoring 20 times and has been the Illini’s leading rebounder 18 times ... Has scored at least 15 points in 25 of his 28 games, including 18 games of 20+ points … Has recorded six double-doubles on the season … Scored a career-high 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting vs. Wisconsin (1/11) ... Scored 30 points on Jan. 29 vs. Michigan ... In that Michigan contest, he led Illinois back from an 11-point second half deficit by scoring 26 points in the second frame and 19 in the final 9:15 of the game ... Had 22 points, eight boards and a season-high tying five assists vs. North Carolina ... Averaged 28 points and 10 rebounds in back-to-back contests at Minnesota and vs. Wisconsin, earning him numerous national player of the week accolades during the week of Jan. 5-11 ... Led Illinois with 26 points and seven rebounds at Michigan (3/1) ... In the Big Ten regular season title game at Wisconsin (3/5), he scored 25 points and hit a pair of treys to go with six boards ... Scored 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Indiana ... Had a steak of 32 consecutive made free throws during the season, ranking second in school history … Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by the media.
Junior: Second-Team All-Big Ten selection by both the league coaches and media … NABC second-team All-District 11 … Started all but one game for the Illini on the season … In conference games, led the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 92 percent (46-of-50) ... Set the Illinois single-season record for free-throw shooting by making 87.3 percent (96-110) … Second on the team with a 13.5 scoring average (13th in Big Ten) … Led the team in scoring in Big Ten play with 14.0 ppg (11th Big Ten)… Averaged 6.7 rebounds per game, which led the team and ranked fourth in the Big Ten … Led team with 50 blocked shots, which ranked fourth in the league … Led team with 87 percent shooting from the free throw line (96-110), which ranked third in the Big Ten … Made 50 of his last 52 free throws, spanning the final 19 games of the season … Had 12 points and eight rebounds in NCAA Tournament first-round victory over San Diego State, and 16 points and five boards in second-round win over Creighton … Tallied 13 points and nine boards in Sweet Sixteen vs. Kansas … Scored in double figures in 28 games and led Illinois in scoring 11 times, with 18 points in season-opener against Gonzaga, 21 vs. Arkansas, 20 points against Michigan (1/12), 21 vs. Iowa, 22 vs. Michigan State (2/3), 19 vs. Michigan (2/7), 16 vs. Purdue (2/9), a season-high 23 vs. Seton Hall (2/16), 12 vs. Northwestern, 22 at Minnesota (3/3) and 22 vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals … Led Illinois in rebounding 18 times, highlighted by career-high 15 boards against Seton Hall (2/16) … Recorded three of six double-doubles by UI players on the season, with 12 pts.-10 reb. vs. Southern Ill., 23-15 vs. Seton Hall and 22-11 at Minnesota … Among the nation’s Top 50 players by John Wooden Award All-America team preseason list … Member of the 2001 USA World Championship For Young Men Team that earned an 8-0 record en route to the gold medal in Saitama, Japan, and was named the 2001 USA Basketball Team of the Year ... Record 17 points vs. South Korea, 10 points and nine rebounds versus Slovenia in the quarterfinals and also notched 10 points vs. Argentina in the preliminary round.
Second-Team All-Big Ten selection by the media…Third-Team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches… Won the team Ralf Woods Free Throw Award for highest free-throw percentage in Big Ten games (35-39, .897) ... Tied for team lead in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and was Illinois’ third-leading scorer, averaging 11.5 points per game…Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors in December after erupting for career-high 25 points against Missouri (12/21) and 18 points against Texas (12/23), including 23 points in the first half against Mizzou…His 45 blocked shots led the Illini and ranks sixth on the Illinois single-season list…Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in blocks (1.36 per game), seventh in field goal percentage (.546) and 10th in rebounding…Had four double-doubles on the season…Joins Cory Bradford as the only two players to start every game in 2000-01… Leads Illini with five double-digit rebounding games… Scored in double figures 21 times…Grabbed a career-high, and team season-high 14 rebounds in victory over UNLV (11/20)…Scored 22 points with 10 field goals at Penn State (1/31)…Had 15 points and eight rebounds in NCAA opening round victory over Northwestern St.…Scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed eight boards in second round win over Charlotte…One of 12 members of the 2000 USA Basketball World Championship team for players 20-years-and-under that earned a Silver Medal in the World Qualifying tournament in Brazil… Chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by Lindy’s Magazine…Selected in Sports Illustrated as the player’s choice for Big Ten’s “Best Future Pro.”
Big Ten Co-Freshman-of-the-Year as chosen by the coaches…Played in every game and started the last 17 of the season, averaging 18.9 minutes per game…Named to Big Ten All-Tournament team after having back-to-back 18 point games and seven against Michigan State in the title game…Earned first career start on Jan. 22 against Penn State after Marcus Griffin was sidelined with a knee injury…Averaged 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in the 17 games he has started…Scored in double figures eight times during the season, with a career-high 21 coming against Iowa on Feb. 12…Led the team in scoring eight times - 18 vs. Bethune-Cookman (12/28), 20 vs. Penn State (1/22), 19 vs. Iowa (1/26), 16 vs. Minnesota (2/2), 21 vs. Iowa (2/12), 17 vs. Ohio St. (2/27), 18 vs. Indiana (3/10), and 18 vs. Penn St. (3/11)…Led the team in rebounds ten times - seven vs. Seton Hall (12/5), five vs. Purdue (1/12), six vs. Michigan State (1/30), seven vs. Penn State (2/6), five vs. Iowa (2/12), seven against both Northwestern (2/19) and Indiana (2/22), and 10 vs. Ohio St. (2/27), and eight vs. Indiana (3/10)…Scored 20 points in first career start vs Penn State (1/22) on 9-of-15 shooting…Had 15 points (7-of-9 FG’s) and seven boards in 35 minutes against Penn State (2/6)…Earned first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio St. on Feb. 27…Was the third consecutive Illinois Mr. Basketball to sign with the Fighting Illini, following the lead of Sergio McClain (1997) and Frank Williams (1998).
A McDonald’s All-America selection, he played 21 minutes in the all-star game and had 14 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal…As a senior he averaged 21.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, two steals and 1.8 assists in leading Lincoln to its first Elite Eight berth in 19 years…In the Railsplitters’ 59-43 loss to Warren High School in the Elite Eight, Cook led the team with 19 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots…He was a 74 percent free-throw shooter and made 52 percent of his shots from the field, including 30 percent from three-point range…He led the team in scoring 21 times and scored a season-high 34 points against Southeast (Springfield) on Feb. 19…He had 18 double-figure rebounding games with a high of 15 on two occasions…Other honors include: first team all-state by the News-Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Decatur Herald & Review 1999 Area Player of the Year and Parade All-American…He played in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-star game and the Wendy’s All-Star Classic as well as the all-star tournament between Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
The son of Joyce Cook and Norman Cook, who played basketball for Kansas and then the Boston Celtics (1979-80) … Has two younger sisters, Kristina and Natasha … His uncle, Joe Cook, lettered in basketball for Duke in 1988 and 1990 … Away from the basketball court, he enjoys fishing and playing Playstation … The most influential person in his athletic career is his mother, Joyce, "because she has done so much for me all through the years and I want to be able to give her back something some day." ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences studying a general curriculum.
COOK’S CAREER STATISTICS...
|Year||G-GS||MIN-Avg.||FGM-FGA/ FG%||3PM-3PA/ 3P%||FTM-FTA/ FT%||OR-DR --TOT/Avg.||PF-DQ||A||TO||B||S||PTS/Avg.|
|99-00||32-17||595-18.6||112-213/.526||12-38/.316||51-83/.614||48-95 – 143/4.5||76-1||24||40||28||22||287/9.0|
|00-01||35-35||846-24.2||147-269/.546||28-76/.368||69-86/.802||72-140 – 212/6.1||118-6||43||66||45||21||391/11.2|
|01-02||35-34||1008-28.8||174-342/.509||27-74/.365||96-110/.873||64-169 – 233/6.7||112-5||44||77||50||29||471/13.5|
|Total||130-114||3319-25.5||623-1209/.515||93-272/.341||373-472/.790||224-565 – 789/6.0||388-13||170||259||134||89||1712/13.2|