Despite an early setback to injury, Ashanti Cook became as a steady guard that contributed significantly to the Hoyas' return to the NCAA's in the early John Thompson III era.

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.

Ashanti Cook was never a flashy player, but the wealth of his statistics speaks to a well rounded career. At graduation, he held top 25 rankings in six major categories, including three pointers, assists and steals.

Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

2002-03 24 0 347 44 109 40.4 15 40 37.5 16 23 69.6 9 34 1.4 23 28 2 16 119 5.0
2003-04 28 28 934 93 270 34.4 29 91 31.9 42 56 75.0 33 114 4.1 53 106 0 46 257 9.2
2004-05 32 32 1033 125 308 40.6 61 162 37.7 34 45 75.6 15 88 2.8 56 80 7 36 345 10.8
2005-06 33 33 1022 119 253 47.0 52 119 43.7 46 59 78.0 15 81 2.4 72 83 4 32 336 10.2
Totals 117 93 3336 381 940 40.5 157 412 38.1 138 183 75.4 72 317 2.7 204 297 13 130 1057 9.0