Marquie Cooke to visit VT (from 9/11/03)

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One of the top point guard prospects in the country will officially visit Virginia Tech next week. Nansemond River’s Marquie Cooke, who is rated a four-star prospect by, has the Hokies in his top five.

If his visit next week goes well, Virginia Tech could move right up to number one.

“Right now, it’s between Virginia Tech, Clemson, UNC-Charlotte, U-Conn, and VCU,” said Nansemond River head coach Franklin Chatman. “Virginia Tech has a great shot. He’s going to visit there on September 18th. It may be the only visit he needs, but we’ll see. It would be great for the whole state if Marquie chose Virginia Tech.”

Several factors go into Cooke’s interest for the Hokies. Virginia Tech joining the ACC is one.

“Well, Virginia Tech being in the ACC is an advantage,” said Chatman. “Playing in-state is another. Coach Greenberg is a big plus…he’s a great coach. There are a lot of advantages that Virginia Tech has.”

Cooke, who is 6-3, 175 pounds, is one of the stronger point guards in the country. He muscles defenders, possesses great ball control, and can easily get to the hoop and finish. Defense may be his main strength, as he has the athleticism, strength, and versatility to shut-down not only point guards, but shooting guards and even small forwards.

Cooke’s most telling attribute is his competitive drive. He wants to win, and he wants to be a factor out on the court. Wherever he decides to go to school, he wants to be a difference maker.

“That’s the great thing about the kid, is that he wants to go somewhere where he could make a difference,” said Chatman. “He likes the idea of helping a program reach new heights. He hates losing, so he works harder than anyone else. If he sees anyone on the team not doing their job, he gets on them too. He’s a true leader.”

Over the past two years, Nansemond River has gone 47-6. Five of those losses were on the final possession of the game according to Coach Chatman.

In a game against heralded Blair Academy last season, Cooke showed his competitive spirit. Down by 24 heading into the fourth quarter, he led Nansemond River on a run to cut the deficit to six points. Blair Academy, which featured Duke signee Luol Deng and UConn signee Charlie Villanueva, won the game by ten points despite a 36 point, nine rebound