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Full Name: Brian Joshua Cook
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-10 (2.08 m)/ 240 (108.4 kg)
Birthdate: December 4, 1980 (Lincoln, Ill.)
High School: Lincoln HS (Lincoln, Ill.)
College: Illinois

Selected in the first round (24th overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers

Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 12-for-38 (.316); 2000-01, 28-for-76 (.368); 2001-02, 27-for-74 (.365); 2002-03, 27-for-89 (.303). Totals: 94-for-277 (.339).

Career Highlights: Named Third Team All-America by AP as a senior. Named Big Ten Player of the Year by conference coaches and media as a senior. Ranks third all-time in Illinois history in scoring and fifth in rebounding.

Senior (2002-03): Topped Big Ten in scoring (20.0 ppg, 43rd in nation) and led Illinois in rebounding (7.6 rpg, 3rd in league). Also a unanimous selection to All-Big Ten First Team by media and coaches and was named Most Outstanding Player of Big Ten Tournament as Illini won title. Was one of 20 finalists for Naismith Award and 22 finalists for Wooden Award. Scored at least 20 points 18 times. Scored career-high 31 points (on 12-for-19 shooting) vs. Wisconsin. Had a monster game vs. Michigan, scoring 30 points, including 26 in the second half. Averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games, grabbing career-high 16 boards in final game of his career vs. Notre Dame. Voted team MVP by Illinois teammates.

Junior (2001-02): Selected to All-Big Ten Second Team by coaches and media and was an NABC All-District 11 Second Team pick. Established new school single-season free throw record with 87.3% accuracy. Ranked second on the team in scoring but upped average to team-best 14.0 ppg in Big Ten action. Led team in rebounding (6.7 rpg) and blocked shots. Paced team in scoring 11 times. Posted season-highs of 23 points and 15 boards vs. Seton Hall. Earned gold medal as member of USA World Championship for Young Men Team.

Sophomore (2000-01): Was a Second Team All-Big Ten pick by the media and Third Team selection by coaches. Led team in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots and ranked third in scoring. Earned Big 10 Player of the Week honors with 25-point effort vs. Missouri and 18-point outing vs. Texas. Grabbed team-season-high 14 rebounds vs. UNLV. Played on USA World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team that took home a silver medal. In Sports Illustrated player poll, was selected as Big Ten’s “Best Future Pro.”

Freshman (1999-00): Chosen as Big 10 Co-Freshman of the Year by coaches after playing in every game and starting the final 17 of the season. Named to Big 10 All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.3 points in three games. Led team in scoring eight times, including a season-high 21 points vs. Iowa.

Strengths: Can score inside or outside and is an excellent free throw shooter. Athletic player who routinely beats defensive man up the court.

Personal: Father Norman Cook played for University of Kansas and Boston Celtics (1979-80). Was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and Illinois’ “Mr. Basketball.” Majored in sports management.