Daequan Cook, a 2006 McDonald's All-American, averaged 25 points a game as a senior in leading Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar High School to the Ohio Division II state title. Cook averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals in 30.5 minutes of action in a pair of Wolverine victories at Ohio State's Value City Arena to claim the state championship. He tallied 26 points in a 74-48 semifinal victory over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and then scored 23 in the 73-46 championship game victory over Triway (3/25/06).
With 49 points to lead Dunbar to its first championship in 19 years, he was named the outstanding player on the 2006 Associated Press Division II all-tournament team. Cook earned Ohio Division II third team all-state honors as a sophomore and was a first team selection and the Division II co-player of the year as both a junior and senior.
Playing for the West in the McDonald's All-America game March 29, 2006, Cook scored 17 points in a 112-94 victory over the East squad. He made 5 of 9 3-pointers in the win. During the Roundball Classic game April 9, 2006 at the United Center in Chicago, Cook shared the West's team MVP honors with Greg Oden by scoring 18 points in helping the West to a 118-102 victory.
Cook scored 672 points as a senior, connecting on 43 percent of his field goals and 79 percent of his foul shots (90-113). The Wolverines finished the season 26-2. Cook scored 20 or more points in 21 games and had six games with 30 or more points. He scored a season high 41 points (1/16/06) in a 101-53 victory vs. Villa Angela-St. Joseph. That game featured current-teammate David Lighty, who had 12 points. The game was played at Value City Arena on the Ohio State campus.
As a junior Cook averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game and led Dunbar to a 22-5 record and a berth in the Division II state semifinals. He was 10 of 23 from the floor and had 26 points and 12 rebounds in a 95-90 loss to eventual state champion Upper Sandusky.
One of 10 McDonald's All-Americans to play at Ohio State, Cook is rated No. 18 on SI.com's list of 2006 Top 100 players. He averaged 21.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists as a sophomore at Dunbar, shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range. Cook won team MVP honors during the ABCD underclassmen all-star game later that summer. He scored 21 points in a 135-132 victory.
He played with OSU freshmen teammates Greg Oden and Mike Conley on the SPIECE Indy Heat team in AAU tournaments during their high school careers. Cook was the team's leading scorer in the 2004 Big Time event in Las Vegas. The team was unbeaten and won the championship.
Cook's USA Red team won the bronze medal at the International Sports Invitational in San Diego in the summer of 2005. He led the team with 28 points in a 92-77 win over Russia in the third-place game of the event. Cook averaged 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds at the tournament.
Born April 28, 1987, he is the son of Renae Cook ... has three siblings, Keishawn, Wendell and Tauyonne ... would like to start a business or line of clothing after graduation ... played for Peter Pullen at Dunbar ... enjoys fishing, video games and going to the movies.
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