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Laurel basketball standout Colby Cooke has signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The senior forward did so Tuesday at noon in front of friends, family, coaches and school administrators inside of Laurel High School’s library.

“Colby is one of the most humble and hardworking players I’ve ever coached,” said Laurel boys head coach Marcus Price. “He comes in every day and approaches the day the same way. He’s not emotional, and he doesn’t waiver in terms of intensity.

“He was one of the guys that kept us together this year because we had a lot of guys that had never played varsity before. He was that guys we could count on with we needed a bucket or someone to take a charge or someone to block a shot.”

Meridian Community College made a big push for 6’7 senior forward, but Cooke settled on MGCCC as his school of choice.

“I chose Gulf Coast because I felt like that was the best place for me,” Cooke said. “I thought about the other recruits that would be coming in with me, and I felt that is where I fit best. Meridian recruited me hard, but at the end of the day [choosing] Gulf Coast was what was best for me.”




Cooke averaged just over 10 points and six rebounds per game during the 2017-2018 season.

He evolved into a more consist player during the offseason heading into Cooke’s senior season said Price.

“He’s going to be a prototypical stretch forward,” said Price. “He is 6’7, and he can shoot the three. He’s a great free throw shooter and has a great mid-range game.

“He evolved as a player because last year he wasn’t as consistent as he was this year shooting the three ball. Even after the season, he’s been coming to the court every day and getting workouts in trying to prepare himself so that when he gets on campus [at MGCCC], he’ll be well equipped to deal with whatever situation may rise.

Price adds that Cooke has been a joy to coach.

“If we have men like him every year,” said Price, “then our program will continue to be the success that it’s been.”