Abilene Christian head basketball coach Joe Golding announced the addition of 6-foot-7 inch forward Austin Cooke to the Wildcats' 2013-14 roster. Cooke played all of last season for a Central Arizona College team that won its conference and regional titles en route to reaching the quarterfinals of the NJCAA National Tournament.
Overall, the Vaqueros went 30-5 overall and 21-2 against its conference as Cooke contributed 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game through 30 starts and 33 appearances. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native also dished out 45 assists, blocked seven shots and stole 23 passes.
The left-handed Cooke shot about 40 percent or better from both the floor (.430) and 3-point line (.389), and hit 58-of-73 free-throw attempts. He reached double figures in scoring 16 times and on Dec. 5 posted his lone double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds against Tohono O'odham Community College.
"We're excited about Austin for many reasons," Golding said. "He is a proven winner from a winning program coached by Jordan Dreiling (now at Midland College), and has a very high basketball IQ which is the kind of player every team needs. Austin has an opportunity to do great things during his three years here at ACU."
Cooke is a 2012 graduate of Desert Mountain High School and was heavily recruited by several schools late in his career. As a junior, Cooke helped lead Desert Mountain to a 21-8 record and the state semi-finals for the 5A Division-II Class. The following year, Desert Mountain finished 20-10 against a stronger D-I Class and reached the second round of the state playoffs.
Cooke is the ninth newcomer to join the Wildcats since the start of last fall.
Transfers Rafael Farley, Harrison Hawkins, Alek Milosavljevic, James Pegues and LaDarrien Williams all signed this spring, while Christian Albright, Michael Grant and Jacob Lancaster committed to the Wildcats late in 2012.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.