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St. Anthony (N.J.) guard Hallice Cooke commits to Craig Robinson and Oregon State

Craig Robinson

Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson scored a commitment Monday from 2013 St. Anthony (N.J.) guard Hallice Cooke, Brian Snowe of is reporting.

Cooke, who played alongside Temple commit Josh Brown in the St. Anthony backcourt, becomes the third player committed to the Beavers from the Class of 2013.

He chose Oregon State over Richmond, St. Joe’s, and Xavier. Also in the mix during his recruitment were VCU and Butler.

VCU head coach Shaka Smart watched Cooke in the spring, but securing commitments from 2013 guard Jairus Lyles and a late pledge from 2012 former Miami commit Melvin Johnson crowded the Rams’ backcourt.

Cooke is a 6-3 point guard, now heading to a BCS school after being recruited mainly by high-end mid-majors.

He is a reliably passer who worked well in combination with Brown on the AAU circuit with Sports U and with St. Anthony. He has the ability to step out and connect from long distance and is a passer with good vision.

As a related note, Robinson, the brother of first lady Michelle Obama, made an appearance at last week’s Democratic National Convention. There, he playfully made a joke about how seven-foot recruits should give him a phone call.

Cooke might not be a seven-footer, but he is a solid addition to the Beaver backcourt.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_