Xavier Cooks

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Xavier Cooks
Xavier Cooks.jpg
Cooks with Würzburg in 2019
No. 18 – Sydney Kings
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBL
Personal information
Born (1995-08-19) 19 August 1995 (age 24)
Ballarat, Victoria
NationalityAustralian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
CollegeWinthrop (2014–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–2019S.Oliver Würzburg
2019–presentSydney Kings
Career highlights and awards

Xavier Cooks (born 19 August 1995) is an Australian basketball player for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for Winthrop University. A 6’8" swingman, was named the 2018 Big South Conference Player of the Year.

Cooks, the son of former South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) and National Basketball League player Eric Cooks, attended the Australian Institute of Sport.

College career[edit]

He chose to attend Winthrop over offers from schools such as UC Santa Barbara, Boise State, Hartford, Maine, and Nicholls State.[1]

Xavier Cooks shooting a free throw against VCU.

On 15 February 2017, Cooks recorded the first 20-point, 20-rebound game for Winthrop since 2003.[2] At the close of the season, he was named first-team All-Big South Conference.[3]

In 2017, Cooks was named to the Australian "Emerging Boomers" squad for the 2017 Summer Universiade.[4]

In the 2017–18 season, senior Cooks became Winthrop′s all-time leading rebounder.[5] At the close of the Big South regular season, Cooks was again named first-team All-Big South and the Big South Player of the Year.[6]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Cooks joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2018 NBA Summer League.

On July 27, 2018, Cooks signed with S.Oliver Würzburg.

Cooks joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2019 NBA Summer League.[7]

In July 2019, Cooks signed with SIG Strasbourg of the French LNB Pro A league.[8] On August 7, Cooks was injured at training and was later released from SIG Strasbourg.[9]

On November 27, 2019, Cooks signed with the Sydney Kings of the Australian NBL on a multi-year deal.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyce, Dan (6 July 2014). "Xavier Cooks, the unknown second generation Aussie basketball star". aussiehoopla.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Xavier Cooks has first 20/20 game for Winthrop since 2003". USA Today. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  3. ^ Wimberly, Nate (27 February 2017). "Keon Johnson named Big South Player of the Year". wbtv.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ Barrow, Tim (22 June 2017). "Cooks has booming career". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Xavier Cooks became Winthrop's all-time leading rebounder as the Eagles dropped Radford". Miami Herald. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Big South Announces 2017-18 Men's Basketball Award Winners" (Press release). Big South Conference. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ "S.Oliver Wurzburg signs rookie Xavier Cooks to replace Mitch Creek". Sportando. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Xavier Cooks s'ajoute au roster". SIG Strasbourg (in French). 25 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Xavier Cooks ne sera pas Strasbourgeois". SIG Strasbourg (in French). 27 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Sydney Sign Xavier Cooks on Multi-Year Deal". nbl.com.au.

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