4 - Charles Cooke

6-5, 190 Shooting Guard
Dayton Senior
07/01/94 (26.3 yrs)
Trenton, NJ
High School
Trenton Catholic
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: C.J. Wilcox

Strengths: Great basketball body for a shooting guard, with a 6’11.5 wingspan and 8’7 standing reach … Smooth, fluid athlete as well, and while he may not seem like he jumps out of the gym can play some above the rim … Improved his long-range shooting upon transferring from James Madison to Dayton, was at 108-272 (39.7%) 3PT during his last two college seasons … Was involved in a lot of pick-and-roll action as the ball handler and used it very well going to the basket or freeing himself for shots … Was also quite willing to use his size, length advantage over smaller defenders, plus went to the line over 5 times per game as a senior, which is slightly below what he had done the two years previous … Became much more of a distributor as a senior, with his aggressive style leading to lanes for cutters, made a number of solid reads with a 1.35:1 assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8 apg-2.1 topg) … Not a bad rebounder for a guard, pretty decent nose for the ball and attacks when in his space … Length and speed allow him some recovery ability on defense, will tend to keep with the play even if he gets beat and seems to have tools to work with on that end of the floor … Shows timing and change of speed as a driver, which leads to either open paths for finishes or ability to draw contact … Quick leaper and quick reaction time, which really helps on both sides of court … Uses crossovers, hesitations as a dribbler, even has a runner, floater and hook game near hoop … Very good at challenging shots, even had some surprising timing as a shot blocker … Conditioning looks to be a strong suit logged over 31.6 mpg during his last three seasons in college … Gets low, moves pretty well laterally and he shows good effort on defense, which is even more of a positive sign towards his progression … Transition play is not necessarily a standout quality of his, but he can certainly get out and run, finish on the break … Looks to have a good attitude and intensity behind him, appears to have a level of maturity that should bode well moving forward

Weaknesses: His touch around the hoop, and even as a jump shooter inside the arc is sort of a reason for concern … Would often force shots or take bad angles, or leave the ball a bit short … Nearly 23-years old and while he definitely showed improvement as a playmaker as a senior, other areas of his game remaining pretty close to the same level, which leads to questions about his offense moving forward … Was not very comfortable shooting off of the bounce, struggled from the short and mid-range as a shooter as well … Can at times gamble and lose focus defensively, be caught off balance on fakes … Did not show much isolation ability and while he can dribble in space and as a handler in the pick-and-roll, his first step is not incredibly explosive and he will have issues getting to the basket … Finished college as a 70.2% FT shooter, which is not really a great indication as far as success from NBA long-range, or in terms of his all-around shooting … Can certainly stand to gain some strength and while he does have a solid frame, NBA guards will be a tough test for him to start … At times could get lost out of the game, when he is guarded to closely can force the issue and make bad plays, take bad shots … Seemed to have his worst games against the best opponents, could struggle going up against higher level competition where he was the focus, including both of Dayton’s first round NCAA Tournament exit games and against ranked opponents … Did not really do much coming off of screens, and even with his physical gifts was not really able to ever get much of a chance to post-up … Was the focal point of Dayton’s offense, and while his ability as a pick-and-roll ball handler should serve well, still a question as to what quality he will bring as a NBA role player … Already 22-years old, will turn 23 shortly after draft, which may limit what some may see as his potential to get much beyond where he is

Notes: Measured at 6’3.5 without shoes, 6’4.5 with shoes, 190 lbs with a 6’11.5 wingspan and an 8’7 standing reach at the 2017 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament … Played first two seasons at James Madison University before transferring to Dayton for his final two college seasons … Finished his college career with 1570 points (12.8 ppg), 573 rebounds (4.7 rpg, 1.1 orpg), 221 assists (1.8 apg) in 3725 minutes (30.3 mpg), along with 1.1 spg and 0.8 bpg, with shooting splits of 43.4% FG/70.2% FT/36.4% 3PT … In his two years at Dayton he averaged 15.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.1 bpg in 31.9 mpg over 61 games, with shooting splits of 45.1/69.5/39.7 … Named 1st Team All-Atlantic 10 and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive 1st team as a junior, while garnering 2nd Team All-Atlantic 10 and repeating on the All-Defensive 1st team as a senior … With his combination of length, athleticism and skills, could very well be drafted or at least have a chance to make a team … Will be dependent on his ability to shoot from long range or show some sort of offensive specialty, though his ability in the pick-and-roll is a positive sign … Defensively he has tools to work with and his shooting during his past two seasons leave some room for optimism … Certainly looks the part of a player who could possibly spend some time in the NBA, or have success in high level pro basketball …

Michael Visenberg 7/2/17


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