Cook playing with Lietuvos rytas in May 2014.
|No. 00 – Budućnost Podgorica|
January 28, 1982 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Nationality||American / Montenegrin|
|Listed height||6 ft 1.25 in (1.86 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|
|2007–2008||Red Star Belgrade|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Omar-Sharif Cook (born January 28, 1982) is an American-born, naturalized Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Budućnost Podgorica of the ABA League. He was also member of the Montenegro national basketball team. He is often referred to as a prime example of college basketball players who declared for the NBA Draft too early. Although, he has said that he has no regrets about his decision in an article profiling his career. He is 1.86 m (6 ft 1 ¼ in) tall.
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 2001–2004, 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 Strasbourg IG and the Russian Super League club Samara. In the 2007–08 season, he played with the Adriatic League club Red Star Belgrade. He had the best season of his career with Red Star Belgrade, where he was one of the team leaders.
On June 26, 2008, he joined the Spanish ACB league's Unicaja Málaga, signing with the club for two seasons. In 2010, he signed a two-year deal with Spanish basketball club Power Electronics Valencia.
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.
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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.
|Led the league|
Montenegrin national team
- Has the Montenegrin passport.
- With NCAA Tournament in sight, St. John's JaKarr Sampson thinking long-term
- Career moves at HoopsHype.com.
- Cook joins Málaga for two seasons. (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 (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.
- Cook to play under Vujosevic.
- Cook officially a Montenegrin.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Omar Cook.|
- Euroleague.net Profile
- ACB.com Profile
- NBA Stats @ BasketballReference.com
- Adriatic League Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile