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Personnel mix for ECU hoops in flux

From staff and ECU reports

The transition in East Carolina's basketball coaching staff is being mirrored by a transition of sorts in the players who will be factors for the Pirates next season.

The latest change in the evolving roster came Monday when ECU head coach Ricky Stokes announced that sophomore guard Mike Cook has been granted a release from his scholarship.

The development appears to magnify the importance to the Pirates of a significant contribution next season from newcomer Jeremy Ingram. The sophomore from Kinston, who transferred to ECU from Wake Forest at the end of the 2004-05 fall semester, will be eligible to join the Pirates' lineup at the beginning of the 2005-06 spring semester

Cook, ECU's leading scorer last season, has not indicated where he will transfer.

“We certainly support Mike’s decision to do what he feels is in his best interest,” Stokes stated in a news release. “He wants to be in a situation where he is close to family and friends. We wish him nothing but the best.”

A native of Philadelphia, Cook averaged 15.0 points per game last season. During his freshman year, he scored 10.4 points per game and earned Conference USA All-Freshman honors.

Cook's departure comes less than a week after high school senior power forward Dwight Burke, originally destined for East Carolina, signed with Marquette.

Burke had inked with former ECU coach Bill Herrion during the fall signing period and had a change in heart after Herrion was forced out. His request to be released from the scholarship was granted by Stokes, who was named to succeed Herrion on March 16.

Stokes recently landed his first prospect since taking over the program, signing 6-9 power forward Tyronne Beale, a junior college transfer from Allegany College of Maryland.

Compiled from ECU Athletics and staff reports.

Page updated: 02/23/07 11:44 AM

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