NBA Draft: Daequan Cook
College: Ohio State
Accolades: McDonald’s All-American – high school (06), Division II Co-Player of the Year – high school (05 & 06).
Scouting Report: An explosive scorer with a strong NBA body.
Strengths: Scoring. Despite being only a freshman Cook put up good scoring numbers in the very tough, physical Big 10 conference. Has deep range on his jumper and shoots threes for a very high percentage (currently 46.8%). Can explode for big scoring games – topped the 20 point mark six times in the first half of his freshman season. Shoots for a very high percentage for a high scoring shooting guard – over 50% from the field. Very good rebounder for his size.
Weaknesses: Needs to get to the hoop and draw fouls more – averages less than two foul shots taken per game. Still very inexperienced with only one year of college ball under his belt. Averaged less than 25 minutes per game. Must improve his assist/turnover ratio – needs to take better care of the ball and distribute a bit more. Defensive game needs some work – doesn’t get many steals or blocks.
Projected 2007 Draft Range: Mid first round pick.
Consensus: Cook’s offensive skills will get him a lot of looks from NBA GMs. As is the case for most young players, he has some work to do on his game (getting to the line more, defense) but he should be a good scorer on the NBA level.
Current NBA Mock Draft Position
CHN's Six-Star Ranking System
= Superstar/All-NBA Potential
= Potential NBA All-Star
= Consistent NBA Starter
= 6th Man/Fringe Starter
= Career Reserve
= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man
0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues