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Omar Cook
Cook with Unicaja Malaga.
Cook with Unicaja Malaga.
Position Point Guard
Height 6 ft 1.25 in (1.86 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
League ACB
Team Unicaja M√°laga
Born January 28, 1982 (1982-01-28) (age 27)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Nationality Montenegrin
High school Christ The King RHS, Queens, New York
College St. John's University
Draft 2nd round, 31st overall, 2001
Orlando Magic
Pro career 2001‚Äďpresent
Former teams Fayetteville Patriots (2001-04)
Portland Trail Blazers (2004)
Fayetteville Patriots (2004-05)
Toronto Raptors (2005)
Dexia Mons-Hainaut (2005-06)
Samara (2006-07)
Strasbourg IG (2007)
Red Star Belgrade (2007-08)

Omar Cook (born January 28, 1982 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American-Montenegrin [1] professional basketball player. He is often referred to as a prime example of college basketball players who declared for the NBA Draft too early. He is 1.86 m (6 ft 1 ¬ľ in) tall. He is currently playing at the point guard position with the pro club Unicaja M√°laga.


Amateur career

Cook originally went to Christ The King RHS, where he played high school basketball and he played college basketball at St. John's University. Remarkably, Cook ranked second in the nation in assists and first in the Big East for the one year he spent at St. John's. He also broke Mark Jackson's record for the most assists in a game for a St. John's player with 17, against Stony Brook University.

Pro career

Cook was drafted by the NBA club the Orlando Magic as the third pick in the second round (31st overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft, being immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets, but he failed to make the team. From 2001-2004, Cook made some preseason appearances for teams in the league, also managing 22 regular season games played (17 with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2003-04 season and 5 with the Toronto Raptors in the 2004-05 season). In July 2005, he was drafted by the AAPBL, but the league folded less than 2 weeks after the draft.

He also briefly led the NBA D-League in steals and assists in the 2004-05 season, while playing with the Fayetteville Patriots. During the 2005-06 season, Cook played in the Belgian league with Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The following year he played with two two teams, the French Pro A club Strasbourg IG and the Russian Super League club Samara. In the 2007-08 season, he played with the Adriatic League club Red Star Belgrade.[2]

On June 26, he joined the Spanish ACB league's Unicaja M√°laga, signing with the club for two seasons.[3]

Montenegrin national team

On May 2008, Cook received Montenegrin citizenship, thus applying to represent Montenegro's national basketball team.[4][5]


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