NCAA Basketball: Analyzing the new 6 options for 5-star wing Mookie Cook

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Over a week ago, five-star prospect Mookie Cook decided to de-commit from Oregon. He’s arguably the best true small forward in the 2023 NCAA Basketball recruiting class, listed at 6’8 and 205 pounds. He’s a good shooter with all the physical tools and upside to be a great college player and eventual NBA player. There aren’t too many wings with his size and skillset out on the perimeter.

For a while this offseason, the Ducks thought they had him. After listing a final three list that included Gonzaga and Kentucky, Cook decided to commit to the Pac-12 program. Although he plays his high school ball in Arizona currently, the five-star originally hails from Portland, Oregon.

Unfortunately for Oregon, Cook’s commitment didn’t last long, deciding to become a free agent again. They weren’t fully out of the mix but it allowed the blue bloods to get back in the picture, as well as the NBA G League too.

There’s now an update to Cook’s new recruitment, with a new list of options now being considered. The original group of three (Oregon, Gonzaga, Kentucky), are still involved, as well as Duke and Arizona now too. And so is the G League and the possibility of reclassifying as well.

So which of the six is the best situation for Cook to play with? Assuming he stays in the 2023 recruiting class, I’ll take a closer look at each option, looking at the pros and cons and seeing what kind of shot they truly have to land the five-star wing.

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