Xavier Cooks

Sydney Kings DOB: 19/08/1995 Height: 203cm Position: Forward Number: 15

Born in the Victorian town of Ballarat, Cooks played his junior basketball with the Illawarra Hawks junior side.

In 2014, he was selected to join the Basketball Centre of Excellence at the AIS in Canberra. While representing the AIS team in the SEABL competition he averaged 13.9 points, while shooting an impressive 54.3 percent from the field.

That same year Cooks also represented NSW at the Under-20 National Championships in Kalamunda Western Australia, helping them reach the semi-finals.

Later in 2014 Cooks travelled to the USA to begin his NCAA career at Winthrop University, a division one school in South Carolina.

After two solid seasons in his freshman and sophomore year, Cooks blossomed in his third year. Over 33 games he averaged 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds. He also wrote himself into the Winthrop history books with a 21 point and 20 rebound performance, the first at the university since 2003. His effort and improvement garnered him selection to the All-Big South First Team.

In the 2017/18 season, his final year at Winthrop, Cooks stepped it up even further. Over the course of the season he averaged 17.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He was rewarded with a back-to-back section to the All-Big South First Team, as well as the title of Big South Player of the Year. He also became Winthrop’s all-time leading rebounder.

After finishing his college career Cooks would go undrafted at the 2018 NBA Draft. The following month he joined the Golden State Warrior Summer League team, but was unable to secure a long term deal.

Cooks instead ventured over to Europe to begin his professional career, signing with German organisation S.Oliver Würzburg. He had an impressive campaign in the Basketball Bundesliga, contributing 11.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the season.

Cooks returned to the Summer League in 2019, playing for the Phoenix Suns before signing with French team SIG Strasbourg.

In August 2019, Cooks took part in the Australian Boomers national team camp where he was eventually selected in the Boomers team that would compete at the FIBA World Cup.

Playing History:

2014-2018 - Winthrop University (NCAA)
2018-2019 - S.Oliver Würzburg (Germany)
2019-2019 - SIG Strasbourg (France)
2019-current - Sydney Kings (Australia)

Major Awards:

First Team All-Big South - 2017, 2018
Big South Player of the Year -  2018