A Bright Future for Elgin Cook

Elgin Cook takes a shot

The Ducks have wrapped up their 2015 NCAA tournament campaign after a 72-65 loss to Wisconsin, but things are still looking bright after this season.

With Joseph Young leaving, the Ducks will be looking for new players to feed the ball to next season. The 6-6 forward Elgin Cook may be one of the answers for the Ducks as they move into this off-season.

Oregon’s big man wrapped up his 2015 season with 468 points and averaging 13 points per game. He was also the second most played Duck, logging in 1,059 minutes which is an average of 29.4 minutes per game. After Joe Young’s departure, the Ducks will look to play Cook a lot more in the upcoming season.

Elgin Cook warming up

Craig Strobeck

Elgin Cook warming up

However, Cook had a weak game against the Badgers to wrap up the season on Monday, finishing with only 2 points and 6 rebounds on the night. If the Ducks want a player to follow up the marvelous Joseph Young, Cook will have to step up to the plate and become a top performer for next season.

As a redshirt junior this season, Cook will be viewed as a leader for next season as a senior who will be expected to get a lot of playing time. He will be one of the more played big men on the floor for the Ducks, where he will look to improve his game.

The Ducks will look to add to the success that they’ve had this season next year, as they will have many returning players looking to make an impact. Other returning players who will play key roles next season are freshmen Jordan Bell and Dillon Brooks, who will add size and depth to the forward position on Oregon’s roster.

Don’t overlook the Ducks next season, because they have the tools and potential to make another run during their March Madness campaign.

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Ben Salaman

Ben Salaman

Hey there, my name is Ben Salaman and I’m currently a junior at the University of Oregon studying Advertising in the School of Journalism. I was born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area of California. I've always been fascinated with the wide world of sports and its stories, and I love sharing my viewpoint on them. You can find me in the gym, on the field, or at a skate park; I’ll play anything. But above all sports, I’m addicted to the Quack. Go Ducks! Follow me on Twitter: @bsalaman15