Nebraska Wesleyan's Deion Wells-Ross (3) and Cooper Cook celebrate after the NCAA men's Division III championship college basketball game at in Salem, Va., Saturday, March 17, 2018. NWU defeated Wisconsin-Oshkosh 78-72. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)
SALEM, VA (KCTV) -
Though the team cutting the nets at the NCAA Division III National Championship this weekend hailed from Nebraska Wesleyan, there was a distinct Kansas City flair on the floor.
Four players from the Prairie Wolves squad hail from the metro area – forward Cooper Cook played at Blue Valley North, guard Jack Hiller went to Olathe East, guard Kasey Conklin is an alum of Mill Valley and forward Dylan Dirks was a student at Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Cook was also named the tournament MVP, while Hiller hit the three-pointer that put the Prairie Wolves up for good against Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Playing at the school is a family tradition for Cook. His dad, Kevin Cook, was also a Hall of Fame player for Nebraska Wesleyan, his mom, Julie Cook, was on the Prairie Wolves Volleyball team from 1984-1986, and his big sister, Courtney Cook, was a member of the women’s hoops squad from 2012-2016.
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