Malik Cooke will be the only senior on the USC basketball team next season, so he was given the duty to speak for the squad when a group of players entered the Gamecock Gala on Monday.
The 6-foot-6 forward said the players are “just trying to stay focused and positive and just keep working hard” after the roster upheaval after the 14-16 season where four players left the team.
“We’re just trying to stay together and become stronger as a team," he said. "And I think with all the adversity we faced here, we definitely will"
The players have already met and they plan to stay tight this summer, said Cooke, who averaged 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game last season and was one of the team's most consistent players at the end of the campaign.
“We’re going to be together most everyday – just playing everyday and working out everyday,” he said.
Cooke met new addition Brenton Williams on his official campus visit this month and saw film of the 5-foot-11 guard from Florida. Williams gives USC 10 scholarship players on its roster.
“We know he’s very athletic,” Cooke said. “We’ve seen him do some crazy dunks so we know he’ll be pretty good for us.”