Omar-Sharif Cook inks deal with Caja

Omar-Sharif CookOmar-Sharif Cook (188 cm, St. John’s’01) has signed on to finish the season with Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB). Cook was released by  EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy-SerieA) on Tuesday and had a deal worked out with Caja later that day. He spent 2011-12 season and the start of the 2012-13 season with Milano, averaging 8.8 points per game and 4.9 assists per game (4th in SerieA) over 44 games in the Italian SerieA in 2011-12. The club also competed in 16 Euroleague contests last season, where Cook contributed 7.3ppg and league the Euroleague with 5.7 assists per game. This season he was named caption of the squad for EA7 and had tallied 7.1ppg and 4.1apg over 11 SerieA contests, as well as 7.3ppg and 5.0apg in 10 Euroleague games. Cook played on season of college ball at St. John’s before declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft in 2001 after compiling averages of 15.3 points and 8.7 assists per game. He was picked by the Orlando Magic in the 2nd round (32nd pick overall) and traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future 1st round pick. He was waived by Denver before the season started and was picked up as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks, who waived him a month later. Cook spent four seasons in the NBA D-League with the Fayetteville Patriots, competing in 153 games, averaging 10.1 points and 7.4 assists per game. In 2005 he took his talents overseas and suited up with Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1). Over the next five years he played for CSK WS Samara (Russia-A Superleague); Strasbourg IG (France-ProA); KK Crvena Zvezda (Serbia-A League)Unicaja Malaga (Spain-ACB) and Valencia BC (Spain-ACB).

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