"The coaches have gained more confidence in me," Cooke Jr. said. "And it's led to me playing more than before."
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What he's been capable of in the last two games is providing a rebounding boost to a team that struggles on the glass.
Wyoming men's basketball forward Cooke Jr
"He always wants to have a ball in his hand," Adams said Thursday afternoon. "You watch him during warm ups, and he will miss a shot and still want to get the ball back. His want for the Nike Cortez Id Shoe
Then Adams added something, proof he knew what Cooke could do.
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He played 28 minutes and tied a career high with 12 points. He also re set his personal best on the glass: 13 rebounds.
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He played 22 minutes and muscled his way to a career high 11 rebounds (along with three points) in the Cowboys' loss to Colorado State on Saturday. The individual rebounding performance was the highlight of UW's fourth consecutive loss.
Those who hadn't noticed how UW sophomore forward Derek Cooke Jr. prepares for games most likely didn't expect this. Especially not now, 20 games into the season. But it's happened twice in a row.
Then, in Wyoming's next game a non conference road trip to Cal State Bakersfield scheduled in the middle of conference play Cooke picked up from there.
Cooke stands at 6 foot 9, and uses his 210 pound frame in a physical, nearly reckless nature not common in players so thin.
The sophomore who transferred from Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan., had played some this season. But never more than 20 minutes off the bench.
the same things he was.
"That's what I've been focusing on lately," Cooke said. "What am I good at? When I go in, Coach [Larry Shyatt] tells me to go after every rebound. I want to show everyone what I'm capable of."
That's changed. Twice in two games, Cooke has set career highs in minutes played. And the reserve has been making the most of his increased time on the court.
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