Brian Joshua Cook (born December 4, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for Chiba Jets of the Japanese National Basketball League (NBL). He was drafted out of the University of Illinois with the 24th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Cook during his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers
|Born||December 4, 1980|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||234 lb (106 kg)|
|High school||Lincoln (Lincoln, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2003–2007||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2010–2012||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2013||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|2014||Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school careerEdit
Cook played high school basketball at Lincoln Community High School in central Illinois where he led the Railsplitters to the quarterfinals of the 1999 Illinois High School Association class AA state boys basketball tournament. Cook scored 38 points in 2 IHSA tournament finals games, averaging 19.0 points per game. He was named to the 1998 State Farm Holiday Classic all-tournament team and was a 1999 McDonald's All-American. He was also named the 1999 Illinois Mr. Basketball after averaging 21.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.8 assists per game as a senior. Cook was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.
Cook played 132 games in four years for the University of Illinois, most of them under coach Bill Self, and led the Illini in rebounding in each season. Cook was a versatile scorer from both inside and outside the paint, utilizing his height to score in the post and hitting three-point shots when left open. This helped him to earn co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors during his freshman year at Illinois.
Cook helped lead the Illini to a number one seed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, and the Illini cruised to the Elite 8, where they were upset in a hard-fought and controversial game by Cook's future teammate Luke Walton and the Arizona Wildcats.
As a senior in the 2002–03 season, Cook led the Fighting Illini in scoring with 20.0 points per game, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball as the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference. That same season, Cook was named second team All-American by The Sporting News, and third team All-American by the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and The Basketball Times, as well as Big Ten Player of the Year and first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Cook left Illinois as the school's third all-time leading scorer with 1,748 total points, at an average of 13.2 points per game, behind Deon Thomas and Kiwane Garris.
Cook was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played sparingly in his rookie campaign as a backup to superstar center Shaquille O'Neal, and was mostly an interior player, notching only five three-point attempts out of 141 total field goal attempts. As his professional career evolved, however, Cook once again became a player who could play beyond the perimeter, after O'Neal moved on to the Miami Heat and Rudy Tomjanovich took over for Phil Jackson as Lakers' head coach. He was mainly used as a three-point specialist; 199 of 422 (or 47.2%) of Cook's field goal attempts were from behind the three-point arc. When Phil Jackson returned to coach the Lakers in 2005–06, Cook started to take less three-pointers again, which resulted in Cook improving his overall field-goal percentage from .417 in 2004–05 to .520 in 2005–06. It also resulted in an improvement in his three-point field-goal percentage, from .392 in 2004–05 to .441 in 2005–06. His improved play kept Cook on the court more as his minutes played per game rose from 15.1 in 2004–05 to 19.4 in 2005–06.
On March 15, 2012, Cook was traded, along with a 2015 second-round pick, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Nick Young. On September 17, 2012, he re-signed with the Wizards. However, he was later waived by the Wizards on October 28, 2012.
On September 25, 2014, Cook signed with the Detroit Pistons. However, he was later waived by the Pistons on October 20, 2014. On December 28, 2014, he signed with Al-Riyadi of the Lebanese Basketball League. He left Al-Riyadi in mid-January after appearing in just three games. On February 10, 2015, he signed with Aguada of the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball, in Montevideo, Uruguay. He also managed just three games for Aguada.
Cook is the son of Norman and Joyce Cook, and has two younger sisters, Kristina and Natasha. His father was an All-American with the University of Kansas and played briefly for the Boston Celtics. His uncle, Joe Cook, played basketball for Duke University from 1988–1990.
On July 4, 2009, Cook married long-time girlfriend, Victoria Velasquez.
- 1998 - State Farm Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team
- 1999 - McDonald's All-American
- 2016 - Inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame as a player.
- 2000 - Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year
- 2001 - 2nd Team All-Big Ten
- 2002 - 2nd Team All-Big Ten
- 2003 - Team Co-Captain
- 2003 - Team MVP
- 2003 - Preseason Wooden Award Nominee
- 2003 - 1st Team All-Big Ten
- 2003 - 3rd Team All American
- 2004 - Elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team".
|Season||Games||Points||PPG||Field Goals||Attempts||Avg||Free Throws||Attempts||Avg||Rebounds||Avg||Assists||APG||Blocks||BPG|
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Cook named to the All-Century Team
- Brian Cook Bio Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- Brian Cook Stats Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Magic Acquire Brian Cook and Maurice Evans From L.A. Lakers
- "Magic get Rafer Alston in 3-team trade involving Grizzlies, Rockets, Kyle Lowry, others". InsideHoops.com. February 19, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
- Rockets waive Brian Cook, keep Garrett Temple 10 more days
- "CLIPPERS SIGN FREE AGENT FORWARD BRIAN COOK". NBA.com. July 9, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
- "WIZARDS ACQUIRE NENE FROM DENVER". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- "Wizards Waive Cook and Mack". NBA.com. October 28, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
- Piratas de Quebradillas set to sign Brian Cook
- Piratas firman a Brian Cook (in Spanish)
- Utah Jazz Signs Three Free Agents
- "Utah Jazz waive Brian Cook, Dominic McGuire, Justin Holiday, Lester Hudson and Scott Machado". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- Detroit Pistons Sign Four to Training Camp Roster
- Pistons release Thabeet, three others
- Former NBA forward Brian Cook signs with Riyadi
- Conocé al nuevo extranjero de Aguada
- Brian Cook signs in Japan with Chiba Jets
- Basketball Star Brian Cook Weds
- IBCA Hall of Fame
- "Brian Cook College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.