Omar-Sharif Cook (born January 28, 1982) is an American-born, naturalized Montenegrin professional basketball player for Herbalife Gran Canaria of the Liga ACB. He was also member of the Montenegro national basketball team. He is widely known for bypassing the remaining 3 years of his college eligibility and entering the 2001 NBA draft after his freshman season. Prior to entering the draft he was considered a top 10 overall prospect by several NBA scouts.
Cook playing with Lietuvos rytas in May 2014.
|Herbalife Gran Canaria|
|Born||January 28, 1982|
Brooklyn, New York
|Nationality||American / Montenegrin|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Christ The King|
(Queens, New York)
|College||St. John's (2000–2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|2004||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Cook played high school basketball at Christ The King Regional High School, and then played college basketball at St. John's University. Cook ranked second in the nation and first in the Big East in assists during the one year he spent at St. John's. He also broke Mark Jackson's record for the most assists in a game for a St. John's player with 17, against Stony Brook University.
Cook was drafted by the Orlando Magic of the NBA as the third pick in the second round (31st overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft. He was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets, but failed to make the team, reportedly because of his inability to shoot the ball effectively. From 2001 to 2004, Cook made some pre-season appearances for teams in the league, also managing 22 regular season games played (17 with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2003–04 season and five with the Toronto Raptors in the 2004–05 season). In July 2005, he was drafted by the AAPBL, but the league folded less than two weeks after the draft.
He also briefly led the NBA D-League in steals and assists in the 2004–05 season, while playing with the Fayetteville Patriots. During the 2005–06 season, Cook played in the Belgian league with Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The following year, he played with two teams, the French Pro A club SIG Strasbourg and the Russian Super League club Samara. In the 2007–08 season, he played with the Adriatic League club Crvena zvezda. He had the best season of his career with Crvena zvezda, where he was one of the team leaders.
In 2011, he signed a two-year deal with Italian team Armani Jeans Milano. In December 2012, after Milano was eliminated from the Euroleague, Cook signed with Caja Laboral until the end of the season.
On September 30, 2014, Cook signed a two-month deal with Budućnost Podgorica of Montenegro. On November 14, 2014, he extended his contract with Budućnost for the rest of the season. On August 15, 2015, he re-signed with Budućnost for one more season.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|Led the league|
Montenegrin national teamEdit
- Has the Montenegrin passport.
- Career moves at HoopsHype.com.
- Cook joins Málaga for two seasons. Archived 2008-07-22 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
- Power Electronics inks playmaker Cook .
- Olimpia Milano agreed to terms with Omar Cook
- El Caja Laboral ficha a Omar Cook hasta el final de temporada (in Spanish)
- "Lietuvos Rytas adds floor general Cook". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
- "Buducnost brings in assist master Cook". Eurocupbasketball.com. September 30, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
- "Omar Cook extends with Buducnost for the season". Sportando.com. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- "Omar Cook extends with Buducnost". Sportando.com. August 15, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
- "Omar Cook completa la dirección de juego de Movistar Estudiantes". clubestudiantes.com (in Spanish). August 20, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- "Omar Cook signs with Herbalife Gran Canaria". Sportando. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
- Cook to play under Vujosevic.
- Cook officially a Montenegrin. Archived 2009-08-11 at the Wayback Machine