The state of Illinois can be proud of Brian Cook. Born in in Lincoln, IL Cook in 1999 as a high school player in that same city was named best player in the state and was recognized as one of the top hoops talents in the nation. The 6-foot-9 big-man went on to play four full years at the University of Illinois.
With excellent rebounding ability and versatile all-around skills, Cook was drafted No. 24 in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Cook added depth to the Lakers frontcourt for part of five seasons, before moving on to play for the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards. Now with the Champions Basketball League, Cook brings experience, size, a nice shooting touch, defensive ability, and all-around basketball smarts to his squad’s frontcourt.
NBA Career: Los Angeles Lakers (2003–07), Orlando Magic (2007-09), Houston Rockets (2009-10), Los Angeles Clippers (2010-12), Washington Wizards (2012)
Post-NBA Career: Cook played overseas from 2013-15, on teams in Puerto Rico, Lebanon, Japan and more.
Career Highlights & Awards:
- BSN champion (2013)
- Second-team All-American: SN (2003)
- Third-team All-American: AP, NABC (2003)
- Big Ten Player of the Year (2003)
- McDonald’s All-American (1999)
- Cook brings his skill to others, running his own personal training business
- Cook’s dad was an All-American at the University of Kansas and played for the Boston Celtics.