Zia Cooke is one of the elite women’s basketball prospects in the Class of 2019, and the point guard for Toledo Rogers has already committed to play for Dawn Staley at South Carolina.
Cooke is the seventh-ranked overall player on ESPN and the second-ranked point guard in the country, and her recent performance against East Kentwood on Saturday night put all of her skills on display. The five-star guard put up 43 points in an 80-73 win, and her highlight package showcases a silky jump shot, great handles, finishing at the rim, and passing vision.
There are a few plays that simply jump off the screen at you. Her stepback jumper is nasty, she has the Eurostep in traffic, but when she puts a poor opponent on skates, shakes her head, calls her back and then blows by her for a layup is definitely the star. Cooke’s highlight reel from just this game is as impressive as you’ll see from a high schooler, men’s or women’s, and it got some high praise from the likes of Chance the Rapper, C.J. McCollum, and others.
Cook looks like a star in the making, and South Carolina appears to be getting another great player to helm up their backcourt.