The Bellarmine basketball team picked up a hometown recruiting commitment on Monday from Male High School junior forward Alex Cook – the Knights’ first pledge in the 2016 class.
The 6-foot-6 Cook averaged 10.6 points and six rebounds last season. He shot 44 percent from the floor, including 36 percent from 3-point range (44 of 123), and 78 percent at the foul line.
“Their style of play fits perfectly with my game,” Cook said. “I felt very comfortable with coach (Scott) Davenport, and I love the support the community gives Bellarmine. Their team is family, and I just wanted to be a part of that family.”
Cook also had an offer from Walsh College and was receiving interest from NCAA Division I programs Navy, Belmont, Army and Cornell, but he likes the idea of playing college ball in Louisville.
“It will be great to have my wonderful family and friends supporting me through it all,” he said.
Davenport watched Cook play with his Louisville Prospects club Friday night in an event in Lexington.
“He’s very versatile,” Prospects coach Jay Jones said. “He’s willing to pay the price (to succeed) and is extremely coachable. He’s a great kid with a great family. He’s had good coaching his whole life.”