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MSU adds prized women's basketball recruit Sidney Cooks

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Sidney Cooks

East Lansing – Michigan State’s women’s basketball team landed a prized recruit for the 2017 class on Tuesday when forward Sidney Cooks of St. Joseph Catholic High in Kenosha, Wis., announced she was committing to play for the Spartans.

The 6-foot-4 Cooks is currently ranked fifth overall and second at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz. In 2016, Cooks earned AP first-team All-State as well as USA Today first-team All-Wisconsin honors. She was named honorable mention WBCA Division 4 All-State in 2015. Last season, she surpassed the 1,000 point-plateau by scoring 20 points in a win.

“We are beyond excited to welcome Sidney to the Spartan Family,” Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant said in a statement. “She is extremely talented and brings tremendous versatility and skill to our program. At 6-4, she has the ability to play multiple positions on the court as well as block shots and rebound in the paint.

“We love that Sidney has a championship mentality as she has won at every level from middle school, high school, AAU, and internationally with USA Basketball. She's driven, hard-working, and a relentless competitor. There is no doubt that Spartan Nation will enjoy watching her play for the next four years!”

Cooks averaged 23.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.7 blocks as a junior and led St. Joseph to a runner-up finish in the WIAA state tournament.

Cooks was also a member of the USA U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Chile in July. She started all five games as Team USA won the gold medal. Cooks averaged 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She also captured a silver medal on the 3x3 U18 National Team that competed in Kazakhstan in June.

Cooks joins Claire Hendrickson in the 2017 signing class. Hendrickson is a 5-11 guard from Wyoming, Mich.