Cook, Pierre sign with Cougars
The College of Charleston added two players to its men’s basketball recruiting class for next season.
Johnathan Cook, a 6-1 guard out of Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn., and 6-11 power forward/center Glen Pierre, Jr., out of Oldsmar Christian School in Oldsmar, Fla., signed with the Cougars on Wednesday.
“Johnathan and Glen complement our incoming freshman class very well,” said College of Charleston basketball coach Doug Wojcik said. “We now have five freshmen – Joe Chealey, Johnathan Cook and Canyon Barry in our back court, and Terrance O’Donohue and Glen Pierre, Jr., in our front court. Sometimes you get lucky in recruiting and we were certainly fortunate with this recruiting class.”
As a senior, Cook led Ridgeway High School to a 30-3 overall record and a No. 2 overall city ranking. He finished the season as the third-highest scorer in the city of Memphis averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Cook was named District MVP and to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) 3A All-District and All-State Teams.
Cook picked the Cougars over Southeast Missouri, East Tennessee State, Austin Peay and Northeastern.
“Jonathan is a combo guard who can play with the ball and play off the ball,” Wojcik said. “He is a very good shooter with strength and can defend multiple positions. It says a lot about a kid who submits his application to the school even before he ever commits to you. I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before as a coach.”
Pierre originally signed with Georgia Southern, but was released from his national letter-of-intent after Eagles head coach Charlton Young was fired in March. Pierre spent his first three years of high school at East River High School in Orlando, before transferring to Oldsmar Christian School near Tampa, Fla., for his senior season. As a senior, he averaged eight points, six rebounds and three blocks per game.
“We feel Glen’s situation is a gift from the heavens,” Wojcik said. “Especially, to get a four-year player who is long and athletic. Glen has a really good motor to him.”
Pierre picked the Cougars over Charlotte, James Madison, Saint Louis and Marshall.
“We really have a terrific balance with our 13 scholarship players next season,” Wojcik said. “We will have three seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and now, five freshmen, who will give us youth, athleticism, length and experience.”
2013-14 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Joseph Chealey, PG, 6-3, 180, Apopka, Fla. (Apopka High School)
Johnathan Cook, G, 6-1, 175, Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway High School)
Terrance O’Donohue, PF, 6-7, 225, Norcross, Ga. (Norcross High School)
Glen Pierre, Jr., PF/C, 6-11, 210, Orlando, Fla. (Oldsmar Christian School)