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

April 12, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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).

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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.

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“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.”

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