Dec. 22, 2007
PITTSBURGH -University of Pittsburgh senior guard Mike Cook will miss the remainder of the 2007-08 men's basketball season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial and lateral meniscial tear suffered in Thursday's Duke game at Madison Square Garden. Cook will undergo knee surgery sometime within the next 7-14 days at UPMC South Side hospital. The surgery will repair the injuries in his left knee and will be performed by Team Physician Dr. Freddie Fu and Assistant Team Physician Dr. Robin West M.D.
Cook, who sustained the injury on a drive to the basket during the overtime period of No. 11 Pitt's 65-64 win over No. 6 Duke, will have a lengthy 9-12 month rehabilitation process. He is expected to miss the rest of the 2007-08 season.
"We are thoroughly heartbroken for Mike," Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon said. "Over the last three years, Mike has contributed significantly to our success both on and off the floor. When I asked Mike why he wanted to come to the University of Pittsburgh, he simply said he `wanted to win'. And he has won, going 40-8 as a starter. He has grown into a leader, has become an outstanding example for the younger players in our program and we will continue to count on his leadership throughout the year."
In his second year as Pitt's starting small forward, Cook averaged 10.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and has reached double figure scoring in seven of Pitt's 11 games this year. He has started 48 consecutive games at Pitt. Over his four-year collegiate career, Cook has scored 1,204 points, grabbed 362 rebounds and dished out 293 assists in 103 career games and 87 starts. A Philadelphia native, Cook transferred to Pitt following the 2004-05 season where he attended East Carolina. In two seasons at East Carolina, Cook registered 41 double figure scoring games, led the Pirates in scoring as a sophomore (15.0 ppg.) and earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors.
He will graduate from Pitt this spring with a degree in communications
No. 11 ranked Pitt begins its season undefeated at 11-0. Pitt gets back into action at Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 29. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.