Cooke to Verbal to VT Today (from 10/8/03)

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The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will receive one of the program’s most touted verbal commitments ever today, when Nansemond River High School (Suffolk, VA) point guard Marquie Cooke will publicly announce for Virginia Tech. Cooke will choose Virginia Tech over Clemson during a 3:00 pm press conference today.

“I’m committing to Virginia Tech,” said Cooke in an interview last Friday. “I love the campus and the coaches. The kids are very friendly down there, and it’s a great atmosphere.”

Cooke has developed a good relationship with new Virginia Tech Head Coach Seth Greenberg. Their relationship was a main factor in Cooke choosing the Hokies.

“Me and Coach Greenberg have a great relationship,” said Cooke. “He’s committed to making me a better basketball player on and off the court, so I committed to him. I’m looking forward to leading Virginia Tech to some championships.”

One of the top point guards in the country, Cooke is rated the number 45 overall prospect and the number eight point guard by He is rated a four-star prospect by, Rivals, and As a junior, the 6-3, 200 pound Cooke averaged 23.5 points, 8.3 assists, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.1 steals per game. He has led Nansemond River to a 47-6 record over the past two seasons.

According to Head Coach Franklin Chatman, the best attribute Cooke has is his leadership ability.

“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.”

Early on in his recruitment, Cooke had received interest from many programs including most of the ACC schools. Virginia was heavily recruiting him until they received a commitment from William Penn (PA) point guard Sean Singletary.

Virginia Tech, VCU, Clemson, Florida State, and Charlotte were the schools that made Cooke’s final list. Others stopped recruiting him following a Nike Camp incident where Cooke was sent home early for disciplinary reasons. He is anxious to get the incident behind him and focus on his senior season.

“After I was sent home