Tyler Cook Makes It Official

Discussion in 'Basketball' started by RobHowe, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    UI Press Release:

    Tyler Cook to Enter NBA Draft

    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa men’s basketball junior Tyler Cook announced on Friday his intentions to hire and agent and enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

    “What a ride! These past three years have been arguably the most important of my life,” said Cook. “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.”

    In his third season with the Hawkeyes, Cook was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and earned all-district accolades by the NABC and USBWA. He led the team in both scoring (14.5) and rebounding (7.6), while ranking fifth in the Big Ten in free throws attempted per game (6.12), eighth in rebounding (7.6), 12th in scoring (14.5), and 13th in field goal percentage (.528).

    Cook (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) is one of only nine players in Iowa history to total more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, posted a team-best six double-doubles this past season and is one of 15 players in Iowa history to record at least 15 career double-doubles. He recorded at least 15 points and five rebounds over a 10-game span from Nov. 30 to Jan. 12, becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since James Winters 25 years ago (1993-94). The junior forward was named to the 2K Empire Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds in wins over 13th-ranked Oregon and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    “We fully support Tyler’s decision to pursue his professional goals,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “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.”

    The NBA Draft will be held on June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
  2. RobHowe

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  5. hawkdrummer1

    hawkdrummer1 Well-Known Member

    Good luck and Thanks for being a great Hawkeye TC. Hope your hoops dreams come true!
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  6. JG10Hawk

    JG10Hawk Well-Known Member

    Best of luck to Tyler! Hopefully he finds a spot that allows him to flourish!
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  7. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

  8. HaydenHawk56

    HaydenHawk56 Well-Known Member

    I wonder what makes Tyler so confident he is going to land on an NBA roster? Best of luck to him. He is going to need it. If an NBA team wants a guy who can dunk, but can't shoot a jump-shot....or a free throw...well then he is your guy.

    Maybe Europe is the fall back? I maybe wrong, but I'm not seeing the NBA for Tyler's landing spot.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2019
  9. Xerxes

    Xerxes Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to see how he develops with a professional coach.
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  10. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

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  11. WinOneThisCentury

    WinOneThisCentury Well-Known Member

    wow...this thread makes me want to go see what that whole podcast is about, "Is Iowa better off without Tyler Cook?".

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  12. tksirius

    tksirius HN's Love Doctor

    Is @JonDMiller still an administrator on HN?
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  13. SteveGarvey1

    SteveGarvey1 Well-Known Member

    Good luck TC! You were a great Hawkeye.
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  14. RobHowe

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  15. ssckelley

    ssckelley Well-Known Member

    Dang, nobody has trashed Cook yet in this thread?

    THAT LOW LIFE PIECE OF CRAP! Well that's what I yelled at the idiot who pulled out in front of me.

    Best of luck Tyler, it would be awesome if you made it in the NBA. I'll be pulling for you!
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  16. hawkdrummer1

    hawkdrummer1 Well-Known Member

    basketball chemistry and rotations are a bit different than... is he a good kid and athlete.
  17. HawksMN

    HawksMN Well-Known Member

    Best wishes, I hope he can sneak in to the last pick or two of the draft, idk....
  18. koralakers

    koralakers Well-Known Member

    We will miss you greatly TC! Can’t wait to see how he continues to develop. Awesome teammate and professional.
  19. HuckFinn

    HuckFinn Well-Known Member

    Hate to see TC move on, but I sure do appreciate what he has done for our program. I hope he gets a good shot at the NBA, or, a good Europe gig, or a developmental spot as an entry to then Nba down the road. Also, TC, get your damn degree! Life is very long.
  20. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

    He will have unlimited time now to work on that jumper. Under truly professional guidance. If a jumper clicks Cook will have a long NBA career (health permitted). I don't know if his game will grow or if anyone even takes him, but there is no question that he has NBA athleticism and dunking skills that not everyone in the NBA has. It's just a matter of if the cards fall correctly for the young man now.

    Good luck TC. You were a wonderful hawk. As you leave the nest don't forget to come see us again soon.