Basketball season might be over for some but not for Williamston Hornet Freshman Mitchell Cook. Cook will be practicing as much as possible and be getting ready for next season as his Hornets look to go deep into the Class B basketball playoffs again. In 2016 the Hornets made it to the state semi-finals at the Breslin Center, while this past year they were defeated on a 3-point shot with only 3 seconds left in the quarterfinals.
It takes a lot of talent to be able to play on the Williamston team, coached by Class B Coach of the year Tom Lewis. There are high expectations each and every season. But Cook was able to make the team as a freshman, which says a lot about his playing ability, as well as earning a spot starting as the season went on.
Cook has been playing competitive basketball since the 4th grade. He knew he was going to make varsity on the last day of tryouts.
“It felt really good to make varsity,” Cook said. “it was great to know that all my hard work and dedication has paid off.”
Cook had an excellent freshman season as he brought an extra spark and intensity to a great team. He didn’t feel the pressure of playing against more experienced and bigger and older competition because he feels he brings a toughness to the team and some great defensive skills.
“I didn’t feel any pressure until really late in the regular season and postseason, knowing that’s when you really have to minimize your mistakes,” Cook explained. “But although the games got tougher, so did my team.”
In the semi-final game against River Rouge, Cook drove the baseline and made a great underhanded shot and was appeared to be fouled on the play but the referee strangely called a charging foul against Cook and River Rouge was able to hit a 3 point shot for the victory with almost no time left.
“That was really tough,” Cook said. “I took that loss pretty hard and so did my team. Especially the seniors because that was the last high school game ever.”
Williamston brings back another team of talent next season and the young Cook has gained much experience along with several of his teammates and they look to make another big run for the championship next season.
“I feel like next year we can go just as far if not farther,” Cook stated. “Knowing that we have a lot of great guys coming back.”
Cook is the son of Andy and Jen Cook. He has an older sister Sadie and a younger sister Sophie.