Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Cook, son of former Hog, could be next Hog recruit
Junior college forward Elgin Cook
Junior college swingman Elgin Cook might have the opportunity to follow his father's footsteps to Arkansas. His father is former Hog guard Alvin Robertson, who also went on to play in four NBA All Star games.
Cook, 6-6, of Northwest Florida State College is an attractive D-1 prospect with three years of eligibility after this season. He's seeing interest from Arkansas, West Virginia, TCU, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Mississippi State and others.
"I think he really likes Arkansas," said Northwest Florida State College coach Steve Forbes. "Number one, he grew up listening to his dad talking about Arkansas and number two I think he really likes the style of play. Fast paced, pressing, open court and making plays. I think he's really, really good at that."
Cook, who averaging 19.7 points and 7 rebounds a game, signed with Iowa State in October of 2010 but never made it to Ames. In the fall of 2011, he attended prep school in Houston for a semester before heading to Northwest Florida State College the following semester.
"He's tough, he's a really tough kid," Forbes said. "He has a really high skill level. He can play the wing, he can play the four. Depends on how you want to play. His athleticism is off the charts. He can score around the basket, he can score in transition and can shoot 15-20 foot jumpers. He's not a great three point shooter yet, he's becoming one. I think in time he will be."
Like his father, Cook is outstanding on the defensive end.
"He can guard the point guard to the four man," said Forbes, who graduated from Southern Arkansas University. "Probably much like his father."
Forbes said Cook is a phenomenal athlete that can fill a highlight video.
"He'll dunk the ball and you'll be like 'golly'," Forbes said. "Even for me and I've seen some pretty good dunks in my day. He's done a couple of things this year and I'm like' wow'."
Forbes sees an intense battle for Cook's signature.
"Whoever gets him is going to get a really good player." Forbes said.