The Nevada Wolf Pack lost a member of its 2016 recruiting class, as 4-star forward Arlando Cook has decided to reopen his recruitment. Cook announced his decision via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
I have decided to reopen my recruitment process. I appreciate Nevada but I want to explore all my options as this is a BIG decision for me.— Arlando Cook (@_____ballxbooks) October 28, 2015
Cook is a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Connors State College in Oklahoma. He was the number-one power forward in the JUCO rankings, and had offers from LSU, Oklahoma along with other P5 schools, as well as Memphis. Cook only scored 11.4 PPG in his freshman year at Connors State College, but averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 57.2% from the field.
The decision seemed to be Cook's on the surface, but RGJ has reported that Nevada pushed Cook to decommit. However, the facts are still unclear, as other recruiting websites have contradicted that report. Cook tweeted this later in the day:
What's up with all the false stories— Arlando Cook (@_____ballxbooks) October 28, 2015
Regardless, Nevada's 2016 recruiting class is still very strong. They have two 4-star guards in Josh Hall and Devearl Ramsey, as well as 3-star center Kenneth Wooten, and a host of transfers.
With Cook decommited, here's a look at Nevada's scholarships for the next 4 years.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Let's try this one more time: Here's a look at Nevada basketball's scholarships for the next 4 years. <a href="https://t.co/pIiCRuJMRC">pic.twitter.com/pIiCRuJMRC</a></p>— Daniel Connolly (@DanielVConnolly) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanielVConnolly/status/659537333272887297">October 29, 2015</a></blockquote>
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The Wolf Pack have filled all their scholarships for this season, and now have one open for next season. We could see a bigger recruiting class in 2017 and 2018, . It will be interesting to see if new head coach Eric Musselman uses any of those scholarships on graduate transfers. These are players who have redshirted a previous season, but still have an extra year of eligibility after graduating. They can be vital to a young team as they provide leadership and experience for the underclassmen. Musselman has shown a knack for recruiting so far, and it is yet to be seen if he joins this growing trend in college basketball.