EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 2017 Naismith Trophy High School Girl’s All-America Teams, March 8. Michigan State women’s basketball signee Sidney Cooks was named to the All-America third team.
Cooks was the only Big Ten Conference signee on the first, second or third team, while Nebraska commit senior Taylor Kissinger was named to the Naismith Trophy All-America Honorable Mention.
In all, the Naismith Trophy selected three teams and 14 honorable mentions. The first two teams were all seniors, then two juniors were named to the third team and four juniors were listed on the Honorable Mention team.
Cooks is a 6-4 forward who played for head coach Lynell Collins at St. Joseph Catholic. Her season came to an end after a 52-50 loss in the finals of the sectionals of the Division 4 WIAA State Tournament. Cooks team concluded the season with an overall record of 18-7.
She 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.
She earned all-state and all-area honors as a junior. She was first on the team, averaging 23.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.7 blocks per game. Cooks guided the Lancers to their first WIAA State Tournament appearance where they were runner-up in Division 4. As a sophomore, she scored 14.1 ppg with 9.8 rpg as St. Joseph went 20-5.
Cooks also has extensive international experience as a member of the USA U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Chile. En route to a gold medal, she started all five games of the tournament, averaging 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.