Former UMBC Retriever basketball standout Ryan Cook has signed a professional contract with OKK Sloboda Tuzla in the Bosnian Liga I in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“The UMBC men’s basketball family and I are very proud of Ryan,” head coach Aki Thomas said. “This has been a life-long dream of his to play professional basketball, and we wish him the best of luck as he begins this phase of his basketball career.”
Cook finished the 2012-13 season with 478 points, the ninth-most in school history. He was selected to the America East Conference Second Team and to the 2013 America East All-Tournament team after averaging 22.0 points per game in two postseason contests. Cook’s 14.3 points per game career scoring average (two seasons) is 11th best in school history. The Laurel, Md. native hit 84.7% from the charity stripe in two seasons, the second-most proficient shooter in school history.
Cook excelled at the June 2013 First Team All iBall Pro Combine, which was scouted by a group of former and current NBA and overseas players. He averaged 16.0 points per game during the combine, which ranked second amongst the 43 players that were invited.
OKK Sloboda Tuzla was the runner-up in both the regular season and the championships of Liga I in 2012-13.