Iowa sophomore Tyler Cook announced Friday he will go through the NBA Draft evaluation process but won’t hire an agent, leaving the door open for a return to the Hawkeyes next season.
“Tyler should take advantage of this opportunity and we fully support his decision,” coach Fran McCaffery pic.twitter.com/pyflKa2SL3
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 9, 2018
“It is my dream to play professionally and not hiring an agent at this time allows me to see where I stand. I am following God’s plan and I am thankful for this opportunity. I appreciate all of the support that I continue to receive from Hawkeye nation,” Cook said in a press release.
Cook averaged team highs in points (15.3 per game) and rebounds (6.8 per game) this season, in addition to averaging 1.8 assists per game. He provided a bright spot in a dark season for the Hawkeyes, who finished 14-19 and fell to Michigan, 77-71, in overtime in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Cook scored 13 points and recorded six rebounds in the defeat against the eventual tournament champion.
The sophomore scored at least 26 points in four games this season, including a 29-point outburst against UAB on Nov. 22.
“I have spoken with Tyler and his family in depth and believe this is the right decision,” Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery said in the press release. “This relatively new rule is a positive one for those in pursuit of their professional dreams. Peter Jok went through it in 2016, and found it to be beneficial as it allows athletes to gather information through workouts and interviews from NBA personnel. We will assist Tyler every way we can throughout this process.”