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The Cook’s Ty, Adam and Carrie

(12-19-19) Walking on to a national powerhouse DI basketball program seems to be a family tradition for Adam Cook. The next time you see a University of Cincinnati men’s basketball game, in person or on TV,  make sure to look for #44. Listed as a Freshman, Cook graduated from Marysville in 2016.

His uncle Eric Hanna who walked on at Ohio State recently released his story about the experience ‘Fight To The End‘.

Eric Hanna and Adam

For Hanna the story worked out well, despite some surprises along the way, during his time with the Buckeyes, Hanna earned a scholarship as a senior and was the team’s Fred Taylor and John Havlicek award winners that season.

So Cook hopes for the same kind of experience during his time with the Bearcats

Cook while at Marysville earned varsity letters in basketball and track,  helped the Monarchs boys basketball team to a 15-7 mark as a senior and advanced to the OHSAA regionals in track as a member of the 4x800m relay team  and he currently holds the Monarchs  triple jump record.

Cook’s parents Carrie (Rafferty) and Ty Cook were both college athletes at the University of Findlay, mom played basketball and dad ran track for the Oilers.

Celina fans will long remember Carrie, she was the point guard that helped to lead Celina to the Ohio DI Girls State Basketball Championship in 1991. Adam’s grandfather George was Celina’s head football coach for several years. His Aunt Jodi (Eric Hanna’s wife) was an outstanding track and field athlete for the Bulldogs and Bowling Green State University.

His mom Carrie said it best and simply on Facebook about Adam’s quest-

Very proud of Adam for his hard work and dedication

RelatedEric Hanna

You can purchase his book ‘Fight To The End’ on Amazon about being a walk-on at Ohio State –

Ever since he was a kid growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, Eric Hanna knew he was born to play basketball. Despite setbacks and criticism from all angles, he never stopped practicing, always worked to improve his game, and learned about true focus and commitment along the way. In Fight to the End, Eric shares his journey from an awkward nine-year-old basketball hopeful; to a scrawny but promising high school athlete; to a 6’7″, award-winning walk-on player for the Ohio State University. Eric’s coming-of-age story is one of perseverance, dedication, and redefining glory through the lens of college basketball.