Basketball: Sheffield Sharks announce return of Mike Cook

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Sheffield Sharks have announced the return of former MVP Mike Cook.

The American will rejoin the team in early August ahead of the new BBL season.

Cook joined the Sharks halfway through last season and was credited with leading a recovery that saw the club move up the table thanks to an 11-game winning streak.

Cook, who can play as a shooting guard or small forward, was also a revelation with the Sharks in 2009-10 when he scooped the league’s top individual prize as well as leading Sheffield to BBL Cup victory over Chester Jets at the NIA in Birmingham.

“I am excited to be coming back to Sheffield,” said Cook.

“It feels like family here and home away from home. I have had great experiences and good support on and off the court.

“I feel like we have a reputation to recover.

“Last season was definitely not what we expect at this club and we need to set our record straight.”

Sharks head coach Atiba Lyons, currently in the United States on a recruitment campaign, was thrilled to welcome Cook back into the fold for another season.

He said: “Mike is a very focused player with a winning mentality.

“The programme he came from as a high pedigree of graduates and everyone who has seen him play knows what he is capable of.

“He is a mature player with a lot to offer younger guys in terms of their development on the court and their preparation off the court.”