Tyler Cook Invited to G League Elite Camp

Discussion in 'Basketball' started by RobHowe, May 6, 2019.

  1. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

  2. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Here's a story about it. Sounds like this is a tryout for the draft combine:

  3. JG10Hawk

    JG10Hawk Well-Known Member

    Some notable names Iowa fans have seen play:

    Coffey, Amir (Minnesota)
    Cook, Tyler (Iowa)
    Cumberland, Jarron (Cincinnati)
    Happ, Ethan (Wisconsin)
    Palmer Jr., James (Nebraska)
    Shayok, Marial (Iowa State)
    Wigginton, Lindell (Iowa State)
    Wooten, Kenny (Oregon)

    G League notable players:

    Haas, Isaac (Salt Lake City) - Purdue
    Jok, Peter (Northern Arizona) - Iowa
  4. mopkins

    mopkins King Kong

    a tryout for the tryout
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  5. RobHowe

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  6. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    It’s crazy how many underclassmen leave early. You have to wonder if they are getting bad information at some point.
  7. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    I try to look at it from a player’s perspective. Me, I’m staying in college until I’m a first-rounder or am out of eligibility. In reality, that’s just one approach. Some guys just don’t want to be in college. TC wanted to leave last year. He just doesn’t want to be in college. He’s not alone, as evidenced by all these guys leaving early. But also believe some get bad advice or are being pushed by unrealistic expectations from people around them.
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  8. sioux34

    sioux34 Well-Known Member

    Many of these kids have been told they would be stars in the NBA since they were in middle school. Nearly none of them will actually achieve that, but all of them sadly believe it. I recall going to an elite camp my junior year in high school. Larry Bird came to speak and he told the campers that only one, perhaps two of them would ever play a game in the NBA and to make the most of their ability to get an education that would support them throughout their lives. Nearly every kid there just thought he was being a jerk, but he was completely correct. Fyi Indiana forward Daryl Thomas was a teammate of mine at that camp. He was drafted by the sacramento kings and never played a game in the NBA.
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  9. BryceC

    BryceC Well-Known Member

    I thing Wigginton from ISU knows exactly where he stands. He just wants to go at the NBA a different way. I don't blame him at all and if these guys can get one of the two way G League contracts it's probably worth it for them.
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  10. Hawknigh

    Hawknigh Well-Known Member

    Very interesting that Cook, Shayok, Wigginton, and Jok are all there fighting for a chance to be considered for the NBA.
  11. Xerxes

    Xerxes Well-Known Member

    I'm sure they are getting some bad information. I think NFL draft prospects get bad information too. But as Rob said, I think a lot of it comes down to not wanting to be in college anymore and many have been trained to believe colleges are taking advantage of them.

    For me, I loved everything about college outside of being poor. But I understand if others feel very differently. Sometimes I wonder if the fact they all of these prospects are given scholarships and college is a free thing to them and they are given every advantage that a student can have, they just don't see the same value in it that regular students do.
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  12. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    Part of it to me is there is currently this cultural push that the NCAA only exists to exploit these kids for money.

    Now I’m not here to sit here and say the NCAA is perfect, far from it, but there are benefits to playing at the college level which include, quality coaching, playing against top level competition, top notch training facilities, exposure on a national stage. Those things are outside of receiving an education. For some reason those things never get mentioned when these arguments come to the forefront.

    Sadly my guess is many of these guys when they look back on it many years later are going to say dang why didn’t I stay in college another year, that was the best time of my life.
  13. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Not saying it’s the case with TC. I don’t know. But I think a decent percentage of these guys view the educational part as a distraction. They don’t want class interfering with working on their games.

    I would want to take advantage of the free education but that’s just not the way everyone thinks. They see and they’re being told that the window is small. I think there were two seniors invited to the draft combine.
  14. Zstatman

    Zstatman Well-Known Member

    The minimum salary for an undrafted NBA rookie this year was $838k. That's a good reason many of them chase the dream. Many of them just want to give up the facade of being a stutdent-athlete when they don't really care about the student part, never did.

    There are so many good basketball players in the world today. It is really hard to make an NBA roster, period.

    I think about Peter Jok. By all accounts he had a good 2nd year in the G League with the Northern AZ Suns. He averaged 14.3 ppg, shot 40.9% from deep, averaged 30 min/game, had a bunch of double-doubles and never once got got called up to the parent Suns. Will he follow Jarodd Uthoff overseas after two years in the G league? We'll see. At least Jarrod got a cup of coffee in the NBA before likely seeing the writing on the wall and going for the international money.

    I never knew this G League camp existed until this post but it seems just about the right level for Tyler Cook at this time. I wish him the best.
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  15. BryceC

    BryceC Well-Known Member

    Their window IS small. That's the problem.

    A guy like Wigginton came to ISU for one reason and one reason only - to prepare for the NBA. Now I'm sure he had some fun at ISU, but honestly it was always a business decision for him, and if he had stayed, unless he went for 20 and 10 or something I'm not sure what he could have done to help himself in NBA circles.
  16. thedukeofearl

    thedukeofearl Well-Known Member

    Wigginton's first game against the Hawks I thought he was NBA caliber
  17. PCHawk

    PCHawk Well-Known Member

    Its tough to justify staying 4 years when the NBA thinks so little of seniors.
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  18. EstronHawkKing

    EstronHawkKing Well-Known Member

    I'll be shocked if Happ doesn't make an NBA team. He could be a Kurt Rambis type of player
  19. NikeHawk21

    NikeHawk21 Well-Known Member

    Malcolm Brogdon is a good example of a four year college guy that made the league and is making noise in the league. They are pretty few and far between though.

    The thing of it is though there are very few 2nd round or undrafted guys who make it out of the G league and the G league salaries are garbage. The NBA is just a brutal league to crack.
  20. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    If you guys remember, the "draft and stash" was a thing for awhile as well.

    This article is a little dated, but still interesting. If you scroll down to Washington, you'll see a familiar name:

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