Scottsdale Desert Mountain High School's talented 6-foot-7 unsigned senior forward Austin Cooke has decided on a college home - making his decision on a local junior college program.
After carefully considering his recruiting options, Cooke has decided to take his game to Central Arizona Junior College next season - signing with head coach Jordan Dreiling and his staff recently.
Cooke had considered many schools during his recruiting process, including Southeastern Oklahoma, Mesa State and Nebraska-Kearney before deciding to head the junior college route, in an effort to maximize his college recruitment before moving on to a bigger school.
Cooke's father Jeff Cooke also played sports at a junior college during his college career.
Cooke is one of the state's best talents and also among the purest shooters of the basketball in Arizona. Cooke developed a great deal over the past two seasons, while playing under Desert Mountain HS head coach Todd Fazio and also for Brian Fabiano on his club program, the Arizona Redshirts - a team which Cooke played for since he was 10 years old. Cooke played this spring with the Arizona Magic Seniors, a team which won several tournaments this spring, including the Double Pump Spring Classic.
As a junior, Cooke helped lead the Wolves to a 21-8 record and the state semi-finals for the 5A Division-II Class. This season, as a senior, Cooke returned to have his best season of his high school career - helping Desert Mountain to many big wins late in the season. Desert Mountain again finished with a strong 20-10 overall record on the season - this time in the tough Division-I Class.