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Iowa Star Tyler Cook Makes NBA Draft Decision

Tyler Cook of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 03: Tyler Cook #25 of the Iowa Hawkeyes looks on during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center on December 3, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Following one of the better seasons in recent memory for the Iowa Hawkeyes, junior forward Tyler Cook is ready for the next chapter of his basketball career. Despite having one year of eligibility remaining, the St. Louis native reportedly has his eyes set on the NBA Draft.

Cook led Iowa in scoring and rebound with 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. His performance throughout the season is why the Hawkeyes nearly made the Sweet 16.

According to Scott Dochterman of The Athletic, Cook will forego his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft. Last season, the versatile forward declared for the draft, but ultimately decided to return.

It appears his intention is to leave the program behind, which hints at him signing with an agent.

Scouts from the NBA could have interest in Cook because of his athletic ability.

Even with Cook most likely departing for the draft, the Hawkeyes have plenty of talent on the roster. Luka Garza, Jordan Bohannon, and Joe Wieskamp should all be back for next season.

Congratulations to Cook on an excellent career with Iowa, as he is one of nine players in program history to register more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds.

The school hasn't released an official statement yet on Cook's draft decision.