"Coach Rice, we researched him, and he did really well with Jimmer Fredette … [as the associate head coach] at BYU," said Wise, whose cousin is Cook's mother. "We researched the system, researched the school, and that's the kind of system Daquan would flourish in as a college player. Coach Rice was really influential with that system before taking the UNLV job. As we researched Coach Rice, being that he's a former player at UNLV, we think he wants to bring that kind of style back to the new UNLV. We felt as though it was the perfect system for Daquan as a point guard to develop."Said Cook: "Coach Rice, he came to a lot of my games and saw me play. He changed his flights many times to stay and watch my games. I really knew they wanted me."