Tyler Cook Makes It Official, He’s Entering NBA Draft

April 12, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Tyler Cook confirmed Friday what HawkeyeNation.com reported last week. Iowa’s high-flying forward has decided to leave school following his junior year and pursue an NBA career.

“What a ride! These past three years have been arguably the most important of my life,” Cook said in a statement. “Going through what we did as a team allowed me to learn more than I can put into words. This year my teammates and coaches challenged each other to simply be better, and we did that. Although we feel we could have been playing longer, we achieved our goal of getting this program back to the NCAA Tournament. I’m honored that I was able to be a part of that.

“After weighing my options both last year and now, my family and I, along with the help of my coaches, have decided to enter the 2019 NBA Draft and hire an agent. This has been my lifelong dream. I am excited and ready to take on the challenge of making these dreams come to fruition. I want to thank each and every person who has supported me throughout my time at the University of Iowa.”

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).

Continue reading below

Related In HawkeyeNation Forums

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.

Continue reading below

“We fully support Tyler’s decision to pursue his professional goals,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement. “It has been an honor to coach Tyler the past three years and watch him develop both as a player and person. We are thankful for Tyler’s significant contributions that he has made to our basketball program. My staff and I look forward to supporting Tyler in the next steps of his journey.”

Continue reading below

Trending in Forums View All >

HawkeyeNation Archives View All >

Hawkeye Nation

Howe: Big Ten Football Power Rankings After Week 7

Rob Howe

October 14, 2019

We’re seeing more separation at the top.

Hawkeye Nation

HN Podcast: Iowa v PSU Recap; Deace Optimistic

Jon Miller

October 13, 2019

Miller and Deace discuss Iowa’s loss to Penn State, but Deace takes an optimistic tone relative to Iowa’s season, while Miller lays out some data that asks; what is Iowa’s offensive identity over the past four years?

Hawkeye Nation

Bigger Ten: Week Seven Recaps

Jon Miller

October 13, 2019

Miller and Deace discuss the games from Week Seven in the Big Ten

Hawkeye Nation

Schwartz: Ten Sentences – Offensive Offense Edition

David Schwartz

October 13, 2019

Plenty of blame to go around during futile stretch.

Hawkeye Nation

Howe: These Hawkeyes Not Ready for Primetime

Rob Howe

October 13, 2019

Iowa offense missing in action for second week in a row.

Hawkeye Nation

Iowa Football Notebook: Hawkeyes Fail Test Under the Lights

Jack Bacon

October 13, 2019

Plus injury report and other news.

Hawkeye Nation

Photo Gallery: Penn State Upends Iowa

Rob Howe

October 13, 2019

Pictures from Saturday night in Kinnick Stadium.

Hawkeye Nation

HN TV: Iowa Football Player Interviews from Penn State Postgame

Rob Howe

October 12, 2019

Nate Stanley, AJ Epenesa, Tristan Wirfs and others reflect on another loss.

TOP