SMU landed its first 2019 commitment when Sunrise Christian point (Kan.) point guard Bryce Cook committed to the Mustangs on Friday, Jabari Johnson announced on Twitter. The three-star prospect unofficially visited SMU on Thursday, where he met with head coach Tim Jankovich and the staff.
“The reason why I picked SMU is that it’s a family atmosphere, everybody is close with each other and plus, it’s close by the crib so my family can watch me play,” Cook told Pony Stampede.
Assistant K.T. Turner led the way on Cook’s recruitment, staying on the Grand Prairie, Texas native even when he tore his meniscus in June, causing him to miss the entire July live evaluation period.
“Man, coach KT is my guy. He’s like family to me,” Cook explained. “He is always going to keep it 100 with me no matter what the situation is.”
Jankovich, who recruited one of the best players in SMU history in Nic Moore, has the respect of Cook and the staff sees a lot of similarities between the two players.
“I have the utmost respect for him and the thing I like about him is he’ll keep everything truthful with you,” Cook said. “He’s not going to sit there and tell you lies. They think I resemble a lot of Nic Moore so they think I’ll fit in perfectly especially with the way they play.”
A former Tulsa commit, Cook ranks as the No. 289 overall prospect in the country, No. 37 overall point guard in the country and No. 6 overall prospect in Kansas, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
Despite his height, Cook likes being able to make things happen on the defensive end of the court while running the show on offense.
“My strengths are just being a leader and getting everybody involved on the court. Also, being a dog on the defensive end.”
The Mustangs are looking to sign at least five prospects in the 2019 recruiting class, and got a head start on that as the staff hosted a key unofficial visitor on Thursday along with Cook. The live evaluation period wrapped up last weekend and the staff is now spending time prioritizing official visitors for the fall. The bright side with Cook is that he can use an official visit still to SMU, which could help recruit more prospects to the program with its point guard on board and able to come hang out on the visit with other top priorities.
SMU opens the season against Southern Mississippi and Western Carolina on Nov. 11 and 14 as part of the Cancun Challenge before heading down to Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mex. to face off against Bradley followed by either Penn State or Wright State.