Hometown: Inglewood, CA
High School: Westchester
Years on Team: 2002-06
Career Points, #33
Career Points By Decade, #5
Career 3 Pt. FG's, #3
Career 3 Pt. FG Pct., #6
Career Assists, #16
Career Steals, #23
For Georgetown in 2006-07, the graduation of Ashanti Cook is a challenge to overcome, and fans have been reminded how valuable Cook was to the growth of the Georgetown backcourt since he arrived in the fall of 2002. Despite an early setback to injury, Cook became as a steady guard that contributed significantly to the Hoyas' return to the NCAA's in 2006.
Although overshadowed by his high school teammate Brandon Bowman, Cook was a prized recruit who chose Georgetown over New Mexico in 2002. He showed early promise in the 2002-03 season, averaging 8.2 points per game until suffering an ankle injury in a game against Duke which cost him a month to heal and took another month to regain his form. Cook scored just 20 points over a nine week period until March, when his season high 16 point effort led Georgetown past Tennessee in the second round of the NIT.
Cook became a starter in his sophomore year and would start every game for the next three seasons. In 2003-04, he averaged 33 minutes a game in the Hoyas' difficult 13-15 season, struggling with outside shooting (31.9%) but collecting twice as many assists as anyone on the team (106). An 18 point game versus Connecticut was a season high.
The arrival of John Thompson III caused an adjustment to Cook's floor game, all for the better. Over his final two seasons, Cook evolved into a expert defender, a smarter shooter, and a capable floor leader. His career best of 25 points came in a hostile environment at Oregon, shooting 8 of 10 from the field, most from long range. He scored 17 in the upset over Duke before being sidelined by a leg cramp, and followed with 15 in an overtime win at Notre Dame. After enduring a 4 for 24 scoring drought in mid-season, it was the stretch run of the 2005-06 that Cook's total development was in full view: in his last seven games, he shot 58% from the floor, 52% from three point range, 78% from the line, and averaged just two turnovers per game.
After Cook lost the ball twice in the final seconds against Syracuse in the Big East semifinal, he stepped up his game another notch: his efforts at the free throw line sealed the win over Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA's, surpassed two days later by a 17 point effort in an upset of Ohio State. His box score (7 for 11, 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and one turnover in 37 minutes) was as complete a game as he had played in four years.
Ashanti Cook was never a flashy player, but the wealth of his statistics speaks to a well rounded career. He holds top 25 rankings in six major categories, including three pointers, assists and steals.