Ligaments (but not tendons) were torn, and the injury required 41 stitches to Cook's shooting hand.
"I'm still fine," Cook said. "I'm shooting good. The doctor said I can do whatever I want after Aug. 8. I'm not going to rush it though. I don't want to get out there [on a football field] too soon, grab a jersey and pull [the wound] back open."
Alexander laughed when considering WVU coach Bob Huggins.
"He'd never agree to [Cook playing football]," said the coach. "But Levi just wants to play, be a kid. Since the eighth grade all he's done is play basketball.
"In his heart, he wants to play football. And he's a better football player than he is a basketball player.
"He's so big and has that wing span and, with his basketball background, great hands. He catches everything with those big ol' mitts."
Imagine what Cook's presence would mean to a Class AA Liberty Raiders team that went 5-5 last season.
"He'd be the best tight end/defensive end we've seen in a long time," Alexander said. "I told him, 'Honestly, you're a better football player than you are a basketball player. I'm telling you the truth. All these people say you're going to be the next LeBron James, but you can play college football anywhere.'"
Apparently, that anywhere, if anywhere, would be in Morgantown. After I told Cook his presence on the gridiron would make Alexander's wishes come true, he didn't hesitate to reply.
"But maybe," he said, "I could make [WVU head football coach Dana] Holgorsen's wishes come true too."
The sky, it seems, is the limit.
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