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USATSI gallery, men's basketball
Wyoming defeated Utah State, 74-57
Wyoming vs. Nevada
Wyoming defeated Western State, 69-52
Men's Basketball vs. Northern Colorado
2012-13: Derek Cooke Jr. (pronounced Cook) served as Wyoming's first big man off the bench during the 2012-13 season, as he was one of three Cowboys to play in all 34 games. He played double-figure minutes in 13 of the last 15 games, including making his first career start at San Diego State on Feb. 19. Cooke scored in double figures in three games and grabbed double-figure rebounds in two contests, including his first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 6. He also added two steals and two assists. Cooke notched a career-high 15 points versus UNLV on Feb. 23 in a career-high 28 minutes of action. He posted 12 points against Northern Colorado on Nov. 21 and notched 11 rebounds at Colorado State on Feb. 2. Cooke averaged 3.1 points per game, while his 3.8 rebounds were third on the team. He also added 10 blocks and seven steals. He played more than 10 minutes in 22 games during the season.
Before Wyoming: Cooke spent two seasons at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan., before transferring to Wyoming in the summer of 2012. He will have three years of eligibility with the Cowboys.
Cooke redshirted the 2010-11 season at Cloud County under head coach Chad Eshbaugh, before excelling in 2011-12. He helped the Thunderbirds to a 25-8 overall record during the season. Cloud County went 11-5 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament. Cooke notched team highs of 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 55 percent from the floor to go with 6.0 points and nearly one steal per game.
Cooke attended Friendly High School in Washington, D.C., where he was a 6-2 wide receiver on the football team and did not play basketball. An NCAA qualifier after graduating, he decided to take a year off from school and hit a growth spurt, before enrolling at Cloud County to play his first organized basketball.
Personal: The son of Derek Sr. and stepson of Tyrone and Debbie Slade, Derek Jr. was born on Aug. 23, 1991, in Washington, D.C. He is majoring in sociology at Wyoming and was also recruited by Missouri State, Evansville and UNC-Greensboro.