Commonwealth Classic: Marquie Cooke

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The Game…

After being down by close to 30 points by halftime, the Blue Team charged back in the second half before falling to the White Team 155-143. The team MVP’s were guard JamesOn Curry for the White and versatile guard/forward Alex Galindo for the Blue. Curry earned game MVP honors, tallying 23 points including two three-pointers and making five of six free throws.

The point totals were as follows…

White Team:

(JMU Commit) SG Joe Posey – 26 (including 7 three-pointers)
(UNC) G JamesOn Curry – 23
(TN Commit, NBA possibility) PF/C Jackie Butler – 22
(WVU) G Darris Nichols – 16 (including 14 in first half)
(UVA) G/F Adrian Joseph – 15 (including 13 in first half)
(Richmond) C Drew Crank – 15
(Missouri) G/F Glen Dandridge – 13
(VCU) F Michael Anderson – 10
(UT-Chattanooga) PG Kenny Hunt – 8
(Tulane) F Donnie Stith – 4

Blue Team:

(UTEP) G/F Alex Galindo – 33
(Undecided) SG Tyree Evans – 26
(VT) F Deron Washington – 25
(Undecided) F Sam Young – 16
(Arkansas) C Darian Townes – 12
(VT) PG Marquie Cooke – 11
(Richmond) F AD Vassallo-Colon – 9
(New Mexico) PF Bambale Osby – 6
(UNC-Wilmington) SG Daniel Fountain – 3
(Undecided) Jason Flagler – 2

Top Performers according to CC organizer Thomas Leachman: Drew Crank, Joe Posey, Darris Nichols, Tyree Evans, Deron Washington

Scouting Report: Marquie Cooke

Cooke does not back down from any challenge, and this year’s Commonwealth Classic was no exception. He guarded White’s best guard, MVP JamesOn Curry. Curry possesses exceptional quickness which is hard for Cooke, or anyone for that matter, to stick with, but Marquie did pretty well against him. Cooke is a physical defender who uses his feet very well.

Offensively, Marquie finished with 11 points and had several assists. Cooke did a great job of letting the game come to him instead of forcing the issue. He drained several outside shots and showed a nice stroke from the perimeter. Cooke was able to penetrate the defense and did a good job of finding the open man.

Thoughts

He had a relatively quiet game stat-sheet wise, but he played hard and was able to contribute. It looks like he has improved

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