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Daequan Cook (born April 28, 1987 in Dayton, Ohiomarker) is an Americanmarker basketball player and currently a shooting guard for the NBA's Miami Heat.

On June 28, 2007, Cook was taken 21st overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but summarily traded to the Heat along with cash considerations in exchange for Jason Smith.

High school career

Daequan Cook attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohiomarker. As a junior, he led Dunbar to the Ohio Division II state semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Upper Sandusky High School. As a senior, he averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game and led Dunbar to a Division II state championship. He was named onto the 2006 McDonald's All-American Team. Playing for the West, Cook scored 17 points in the 112–94 win.

Cook also played with Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr. on the SPIECE Indy Heat high school AAU team. Cook was the team's leading scorer in the 2004 Big Time event in Las Vegasmarker. The team was undefeated and won the championship.

College career

One of Ohio State Universitymarker Coach Thad Matta's famed "Thad Five", Cook averaged 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.7 steals in 20.4 minutes per game. On April 20, 2007, Cook announced his intentions to enter the 2007 NBA Draft, along with fellow freshmen teammates Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr.

NBA career

Daequan Cook was averaging 8.2 points per game in his rookie season with the Miami Heat before being sent to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League in late February 2008. He returned to the Heat on March 8 and in his second game back on March 10 he scored a career high 23 points in a one-point loss to the L.A. Clippers. He scored a new career-high of 27 against the Phoenix Suns on March 4, 2009, going 6–8 from 3-point range. Cook's performance, along with fellow non-starter Michael Beasley, who scored 28 points, marked the second time that these same two players scored 20+ points and the third time the Heat had two 20-point scorers the first being Alec Kessler and Kevin Edwards as they both hit for 20+ points against the up-tempo Denver Nuggets on February 14, 1991.

Cook won the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout in Phoenixmarker, ending Jason Kapono's two-year win-streak.

Cook has been known to call himself the "Bail Bondsman" for hitting big shots down the stretch, 'bailing' his team out when needed.

Personal

He is son of Renae Cook and has three siblings, Keishawn, Wendell and Tavyonne.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2007–08
Miami
59 19 24.4 .381 .332 .825 3.0 1.3 .4 .2 8.8
2008–09
Miami
75 4 24.4 .375 .387 .875 2.5 .9 .5 .1 9.1
Career
134 23 24.4 .378 .367 .850 2.7 1.1 .5 .1 9.0

Playoffs

2008–09
Miami
7 0 23.0 .310 .300 1.000 2.4 .6 .3 .0 5.3
Career
7 0 23.0 .310 .300 1.000 2.4 .6 .3 .0 5.3

Notes

  1. NBA.com: Daequan Cook Draft 2007 Profile
  2. Daequan Cook and Joel Anthony Assigned to Iowa Energy
  3. HEAT Recall Daequan Cook and Joel Anthony From NBA D-League
  4. Heat fall short to Clippers in first game without banged-up Wade
  5. Wade has 35 points, 16 assists in Heat victory
  6. Robinson, Cook, Rose shine in Phoenix


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