April 13, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Southern Miss men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy announced the signing of 6-foot-8, 215 lb., Brandon Cooks of Thibodaux, La., to a national letter of intent for the 2007-08 academic year.
"We are excited to add Brandon to our program," said Eustachy. "He is another player that we have signed from the region and he will provide added depth up front. Brandon can score from a lot of different areas on the court and has a tremendous upside on the talents that he will bring to our program."
Cooks, who spent the last two years at Genesis One Christian School in Mendenhall, Miss., averaged 19 points and nine rebounds this past winter as his team reached the final game of the National Association of Christian Athletes national tournament in Dayton, Tenn.
Prior to his stint at Genesis One, Cooks averaged 16.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks for Thibodaux High School as they reached the 2005 Class 5A state title game in the Top 28 tournament. He scored 20 points in the final game against Brother Martin High School of New Orleans to earn Top 28 all-tournament honors.
His play that season earned him honorable mention 5A all-state honors, as well as being named first team to both The Daily Comet 's All-Bayou Region team and the 6-5A All-District squad. His Tiger squad won a school-record 34 games as well as reaching the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's final game for the first time.
The power forward helped lead Thibodaux High to the second round of the state 5A playoffs in 2004 as he poured in 29 points, despite losing to Huntington High in that contest.
Cooks joins 6-foot-8 Maurice Bolden from Jackson, Miss. (Wingfield HS), who signed during the fall as well as the addition of 7-foot Gustavo Lino from Sao Paulo, Brazil (Universidade Anhmebi Morumbi), who enrolled during the spring semester for the 2007-08 season.
The Golden Eagles were 20-11 last season and finished tied for fourth in Conference USA with a 9-7 record.