Cook earns IIAC honor
Nebraska Wesleyan University junior men’s basketball player Cooper Cook has been awarded Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week recognition for games played Nov. 20-26. Cook is one of three players to share IIAC Basketball Player of the Week honors this week along with Josh Ruggles of Loras College and David Jeffries from Buena Vista University.
Cook, a 6’5 forward from Overland Park, Kan., was named the MVP of the 29th Annual Snyder Classic for the second straight season leading the Prairie Wolves to a pair of victories. He averaged 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the two wins to go along with seven assists and five blocked shots.
In two games, Cook shot 60.0% from the floor, including 64.7% from 3-point range making 11-17 from long range. He scored 29 points with seven made 3-pointers in the win over Bethany Lutheran and had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in only 24 minutes of action in a blowout win over Iowa Wesleyan on Nov. 24.
He is leading the IIAC in scoring this season at 24.0 points per game and also leads the league averaging 4.5 made 3-pointers a contest. Cook, a preseason 3rd-Team NCAA III All-American, was the 2017 IIAC MVP. This is the third time in his career that he has been the IIAC Basketball Player of the Week.
Nebraska Wesleyan is off to a 4-0 start to the season, with an average margin of victory of 32.3 points to rank 3rd in all of NCAA Division III in that category. The Prairie Wolves open conference play this Saturday (Dec. 2) when they host Simpson College at 4 pm in Snyder Arena. Nebraska Wesleyan will renew their old rivalry with Doane University on December 4th when the Tigers come to Snyder Arena for an 8 pm game.