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Tyler Cook Leaving Iowa

April 4, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – A source close to the Iowa basketball program told HawkeyeNation.com on Thursday afternoon that forward Tyler Cook will forego his final college season and enter NBA Draft. The St. Louis native tested the process last season before returning to school.

The latest news was first reported by Scott Dochterman from the Athletic. Cook has decided to leave school this time around and stay in the draft.

Cook became the second player with eligibility remaining to leave the Hawkeyes recently. Maishe Dailey announced last week that he would be transferring.

Iowa is trying to fill the two open scholarships for the 2019-20 season. It will come down to finding the right fit in a seller’s market.

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Cook (6-9, 250) earned second-team all-Big Ten honors from the media and was named third-team by the coaches this season. He led the team in scoring (14.5 PPG) and rebounding (7.6 RPG).

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He posted 15 double-doubles, which tied for 15th most in program history since 1970. He became one of nine players in program history to total more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds, ranking 20th in Iowa career scoring with 1,315 points.

Iowa will add several players to its front court next season. Jack Nunge and Cordell Pemsl are expected back after red shirting. Patrick McCaffery, a four-star recruit and son of head coach Fran McCaffery, will be in incoming freshman.

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