Shortly after the Renaissance Academy Wildcats had lost in their first-ever bid for a CIF title, freshman Justin Cook sat silently behind a folding table, surrounded by senior teammate Leif Williams and Coach Sid Cooke.
As the press conference carried on, Cook’s somber expression never altered and his silence rarely ended.
Three seasons have passed since then, and not much has changed for the talented Wildcats guard.
Cook is still as soft spoken as ever, he’s earned All-LA84 (formerly All-CIF) and All-Area honors every season just as he’s led the Wildcats to CIF and State Tournament success every year.
In his final act this season, Cook led the Wildcats all the way to the Division V State Final.
For his efforts, Cook was voted by the sports writers and editors of the Crescenta Valley Sun, Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press as the first Renaissance Academy player ever to receive All-Area Player of the Year.