The Golden State Warriors have signed undrafted forward Elgin Cook to a training camp deal.
As first reported by NBA writer Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com via Twitter, the Golden State Warriors have signed undrafted forward Elgin Cook to a training camp deal. This brings the team’s training camp roster to 19, just a single spot shy of the maximum players allowed in the preseason.
A few NBA signings yesterday.#Warriors signed: Elgin Cook, Cameron Jones, JaVale McGee, Phil Pressey.
— Paul Garcia PS (@PaulGarciaPS) September 13, 2016
For those unfamiliar with Cook, the 23-year-old last played for the University of Oregon, averaging 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.4 steals in 38 games played. He also shot 47.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the arc (1.7 attempts) as an NCAA senior.
Cook also had a small stint playing for the Sacramento Kings‘ Summer League squad, having averaged 6.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.3 minutes.
“A lot of Cook’s intrigue as an NBA prospect is centered around his physical profile. While not overly tall for a wing (or even small-ball four, which is more fitting for his skill set) at 6’6”, Cook has a chiseled 212-pound frame and very good length with a 6′ 10.5” wingspan. Above all, Cook is an impressive, versatile athlete with great open court speed, an explosive first step, and good leaping ability off of his left foot, right foot, or both feet.”
“His combination of athleticism and physical tools gives him quite a bit of potential on the defensive side as well.”
Although Cook may look like an intriguing, young player, news of his training camp deal comes long after previously reported deals for Cameron Jones, JaVale McGee, Phil Pressey, and Elliot Williams, each of whom are NBA veterans. As all five players will be competing for the last spot on Golden State’s regular season roster, it’s unlikely Cook — an undrafted rookie — beats out any of the four veterans for the 15th slot.
Not to mention if Golden State does choose to retain him, he would end up competing for minutes with the other young, developing players (i.e. Kevon Looney, Ian Clark, Damian Jones, Patrick McCaw).
While news of Pressey’s returning player rights being dealt to the Santa Cruz Warriors — Golden State’s D-League affiliate — doesn’t exactly hurt Cook’s chances of earning a gig with Golden State, it’s more than likely Cook will follow suit and head to Santa Cruz to further develop his game.