CSU assistant basketball coach, Myron Guillory, pulled a few strings and landed a top basketball prospect.
Marquie Cooke, a 6' 3" guard who was a freshman at Virginia Tech last year, recently had a falling out with the program. In April, Tech coach Seth Greenberg commented on Cooke's dismissal by saying, "Marquie failed to abide by a set of standards we set for our team."
CSU expressed interest in Cooke and convinced him to transfer.
Guillory, a first-year assistant at CSU, was an all-star guard at Virginia Tech from 1994-1998. According to head coach Dale Layer, Guillory was still in contact with some of his former coaches and learned of Cooke.
Layer thinks Cooke will do just fine at CSU.
"He was looking for a fresh start out of state," said Layer. "It just happened to be a good fit for both sides."
Cooke played ball at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, Va. and was considered one of the top point guards in the nation. Some recruiting services listed Cooke as high as the No. 8 point guard in the nation.
"He's got very good talent and can play multiple positions," said Layer. "He's very versatile."
Cooke averaged 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season. Due to NCAA regulations he will sit out the 2005-06 but still has three years of eligibility.