The College of Charleston men's basketball program added two late signees to complement its already talented 2013-14 signing class, as announced by head coach Doug Wojcik on Wednesday.
The Cougars will be joined next season by 6-foot-1 combination guard Johnathan Cook out of Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn., and 6-foot-11 power forward/center Glen Pierre, Jr., out of Oldsmar Christian School in Oldsmar, Fla.
"Johnathan and Glen complement our incoming freshman class well," Wojcik said. "We now have five freshmen – Joe Chealey, Johnathan Cook and Canyon Barry in our back court, and Terrance O'Donohue and Glen Pierre, Jr., in our front court."
As a senior, Cook led Ridgeway High School to a 30-3 overall record and a No. 2 overall city ranking. He finished the season as the third-highest scorer in the city of Memphis averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Cook was named District MVP and to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) 3A All-District and All-State Teams. He also played AAU Basketball for Nike Team Penny under the direction of head coach Todd Day.
Cook, who is a 3.0 grade-point average student interested in the field of technology, chose CofC over Southeast Missouri, East Tennessee State, Austin Peay and Northeastern. He attends the same high school and played for the same high school coach, Wes Henning, as CofC assistant coach Jordan Mincy.
"We are really excited about signing Johnathan," Wojcik said. "He is a combo guard who can play with the ball and play off the ball. He is a very good shooter with strength and can defend multiple positions. He and his mom did their homework and are so excited about College of Charleston. It says a lot about a kid who submits his application, before he ever commits to you. I don't think that's ever happened to me before as a coach."
Pierre, Jr., spent his first three years of high school at East River High School in Orlando, before transferring to Oldsmar Christian School near Tampa, Fla., for his senior season. FloridaHoops.com ranked Pierre, Jr., among its Top 100 players in the state entering the 2012-13 season. As a senior, he averaged eight points, six rebounds and three blocks per game.
"We feel Glen's situation is a gift from the heavens," Wojcik said. "Especially, to get a four-year player who is long and athletic, when we had a scholarship available with the transfer of Trent Wiedeman. Glen has a really good motor to him and carries himself with confidence and maturity. He will be a sponge soaking up knowledge playing with Adjehi Baru and Willis Hall. He will serve a really good role for us next year."
Pierre, Jr., who played AAU Basketball for Q6 All-Stars under head coach Reggie Tucker, chose CofC over Charlotte, James Madison, Saint Louis and Marshall.
"With the addition of both young men, we really have a terrific balance with our 13 scholarship players next season," Wojcik said. "We will have three seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and now, five freshmen, who will give us youth, athleticism, length and experience."
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT JOHNATHAN COOK
"Johnathan is a great jump shooter and three-point shooter. He is a combo guard who can run a basketball team and push the ball down the court quickly. He will be a great addition to the style of play Coach Wojcik runs in his system at the College of Charleston." – Ridgeway High School Head Boys Basketball Coach Wes Henning
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT GLEN PIERRE, JR.
"Glen brings more than basketball to the College of Charleston program. He is a great kid and is very humble. He is charismatic and can light up a room when he walks into it. Glen is long, athletic and can block shots. He can also pick-and-pop, shoot from 16-feet out and works extremely hard." – Oldsmar Christian School Head Boys Basketball Coach Jordan Fair
2013-14 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES
Joseph Chealey, PG, 6-3, 180, Apopka, Fla. (Apopka High School)
Johnathan Cook, G, 6-1, 175, Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway High School)
Terrance O'Donohue, PF, 6-7, 225, Norcross, Ga. (Norcross High School)
Glen Pierre, Jr., PF/C, 6-11, 210, Orlando, Fla. (Oldsmar Christian School)