In Search of a Scholarship

June 1, 2018

Ben Solesbee, Head Boys' Basketball Coach at W.T. White High School in Dallas, Texas, has started holding up a poster at busy intersections to help one of his athletes get a scholarship.

According to WFAA, Eric Cook, a senior and one of Solesbee's players, earned a 3.7 GPA, and averaged 21 points, six assists and six rebounds per game, but has yet to get a scholarship from a Division I school.

“All the hard work and dedication I put in, and I have nothing,” Cook said. “Everybody’s dream is to go D1,” he said.

In order to rectify this, Solesbee, wearing a dress shirt and tie, and carrying a poster with Cook's accomplishments stood near highways and other areas where many people pass, hoping that a coach from a D1 school will see it. He said that after trying to reach out to coaches with phone calls and emails, he needed a fresh approach.

“To really separate yourself, you have to do something that really catches people’s attention,” Solesbee said.

Cook said he was grateful for Solesbee's efforts.

“He’s going out of his way and he doesn’t have to do it,” Cook said. “I’m blessed to have a coach like him.”

Solesbee said that while Cook is only 5'9”, “he's got a sprinter's speed,” and was Solesbee's best rebounder. He said he will continue to go out with his sign until Cook gets a scholarship.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to get Eric Cook to Division 1,” Solesbee said. "I'm doing a disservice to myself and my school if I don't get him a scholarship."

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