Back in 2001, the name “Lenny Cooke” was as recognizable in the high-profile world of prep basketball as his peers LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. After a sordid career that saw him average 30 points and 15 rebounds at a variety of different institutions, Cooke inevitably passed up offers from North Carolina, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Miami and Ohio State in favor of the NBA draft. After being passed over, Cooke’s name became more synonymous with the likes of Arthur Agee and William Gates – as made famous by the film Hoop Dreams – then with pros like Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson. While it was mere hours ago where we were showing you the highlight tape for 14-year-old phenom Seventh Woods, the trailer for the recently premiered Tribeca Film Lenny Cooke is a reminder that for every “can’t miss” prediction, the NBA is often a destination that many won’t ever reach.
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