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.
Source tells me Iowa forward Tyler Cook will once again declare for the NBA draft but this time he plans to leave the program.
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) April 4, 2019
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.