Lenny Cooke

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Lenny Cooke
Shooting Guard
Personal information
Born(1982-04-29) April 29, 1982 (age 30)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
High schoolNorthern Valley Regional HS, Old Tappan, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft2002 / Undrafted
Pro career2002–present
 
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Lenny Cooke
Shooting Guard
Personal information
Born(1982-04-29) April 29, 1982 (age 30)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
High schoolNorthern Valley Regional HS, Old Tappan, New Jersey
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft2002 / Undrafted
Pro career2002–present

Lenny Cooke (born April 29, 1982 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American former high school and professional basketball player. He is known primarily for being an early entry candidate in the 2002 NBA Draft. He had averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks per game in his junior year of high school. Following his junior year in high school, he averaged 31.5 points for the first eight games of his senior year. When he turned 19 in 2001, he was academically ineligible to play according to high school athletics' rules in his home county in New Jersey.

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Biography

Cooke could not play organized high school basketball as a senior by accidentally exhausting his high school eligibility. Cooke attended La Salle Academy in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City from 1999-2000. He then achieved an average 30 points and 15 rebounds. Cooke went to Northern Valley Regional High School located in Old Tappan, New Jersey, from 2000 to February 2002. It was the hope of Deborah Bortner that her own son, Brian Raimondi, would have chance of being scouted if he was associated with Cooke. They gave him money, a room in their mansion, and got him publicity but overlooked his education and well-being. Next, he attended Mott Adult High School in Flint, Michigan in February and March 2002, though did not play basketball. At Franklin K. Lane High School, in Brooklyn, he was honored as Freshman of the Year. He earned MVP honors in the 2000 Adidas ABCD camp. He scored 21 points to help the Eastern Conference defeat the West 115-103, at the EA Sports Roundball Classic at the United Center in Chicago on March 8, 2002. Lenny Cooke was rated #4 High School Player in the United States in the Prep Stars Recruiter’s Handbook.

Career

Cooke himself had other options for basketball: North Carolina, Seton Hall, St. John's, Miami and Ohio State. However, Cooke chose to declare himself eligible for the 2002 NBA Draft, though he went undrafted. When all 29 of the NBA teams passed on Cooke in both rounds, he would turn to joining the Rucker Park Summer League in New York, playing for the Terror Squad team.

Later that same year, he was drafted by the Columbus Riverdragons of the NBDL. Additionally, Lenny tried out for the Brevard Blue Ducks of the USBL in April 2003. Next, he was signed to the Brooklyn Kings in May, also within the USBL. In 15 games, he averaged 28.8 points and more than nine rebounds per game.

Later that year, Lenny was back to the Rucker Park Summer League. Then, he found himself playing in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs. In addition, Cooke was signed with the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks in December 2003. Lenny averaged 16.7 points and a near seven rebounds per game. By 2004, he had returned to the PBA's Purefoods team but suffered his second injury with the team in the season opener and was out for the rest of the tournament. After not being drafted to the NBA, via age limit, he continued to work out. Cooke most recently played for the Minot Skyrockets of the CBA in 2006-07.

2003 awards and accomplishments

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