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A Deep Dive Into Sophomore Campaigns During the “One and Done” Era.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the heat of the NBA Finals, which mean the NBA Draft is right around the corner. We already know Peter Jok is busting his tail to hear his name called later this year. With Dom Uhl slated for a rotation role as Iowa’s only senior next year, the outlook isn’t good for a fifth straight Hawkeye senior to get drafted or make an NBA roster. But, is there someone else on the roster who could leapfrog into the 2018’s NBA Draft? Taking a look at Tyler Cook’s pedigree, potential, and team expectations makes him the most likely candidate.

The Draftees

Below is the information I compiled regarding sophomores drafted in the NBA during the “one and done” era. Starting with the 2006 NBA draft, American prospects were required to be out of high school at least one year.

Sophomores Drafted Since 2006

Year Round Pick Player Team Pos Height Weight Age YOS Recruiting Rank College Finish PTS FG% / 3P% / FT% TRB AST STL BLK MP
Year Round Pick Player Team Pos Height Weight Age YOS Recruiting Rank College Finish PTS FG% / 3P% / FT% TRB AST STL BLK MP
2006 1 2 LaMarcus Aldridge Chicago Bulls PF/C 6-11 240 20 10 13 Texas 2 seed - Elite 8 15 .569 / --- / .646 9.2 0.5 1.4 2 33.7
2006 1 8 Rudy Gay Houston Rockets SF 6-8 230 19 10 5 Connecticut 1 seed - Elite 8 15.2 .461 / .318 / .732 6.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 30.8
2006 1 9 Patrick O'Bryant Golden State Warriors C 7-0 250 20 4 545 Bradley 13 seed - Sweet 16 13.4 .552 / --- / .676 8.3 0.8 0.9 2.9 25.7
2006 1 15 Cedric Simmons New Orleans Pelicans F/C 6-9 235 20 3 53 North Carolina St. 10 seed 11.8 .587 / 2-2 / .678 6.3 1.7 0.7 2.5 27.5
2006 1 21 Rajon Rondo Phoenix Suns PG 6-1 186 20 10 17 Kentucky 8 seed 11.2 .482 / .273 / .571 6.1 4.9 2 0.1 31
2006 1 24 Kyle Lowry Memphis Grizzlies PG 6-0 205 20 10 29 Villanova 1 seed - Elite 8 11 .466 / .444 / .786 4.3 3.7 2.3 0.2 29.3
2006 1 26 Jordan Farmar Los Angeles Lakers PG 6-2 180 19 9 21 UCLA 2 seed - Final Four 13.5 0.41 / 0.333 / 0.717 2.6 5.1 1.1 0.2 30.4
2006 2 42 Daniel Gibson Cleveland Cavaliers SG/PG 6-2 200 20 7 20 Texas 2 seed - Elite 8 13.4 0.405 / 0.38 / 0.726 3.6 3.1 1.3 0.3 33.2
2006 2 49 Leon Powe Denver Nuggets F 6-8 240 22 5 8 California 7 seed 20.5 0.496 / 0.333 / 0.719 10.1 1.4 0.9 0.6 35.3
2007 1 13 Julian Wright New Orleans Pelicans F 6-8 225 20 4 7 Kansas 1 seed - Elite 8 12 0.549 / 0.231 / 0.613 7.8 2.2 1.4 1.3 27.6
2007 1 15 Rodney Stuckey Detroit Pistons SG/PG 6-5 205 21 9 156 Eastern Washington 24.6 0.453 / 0.267 / 0.846 4.7 5.5 2.4 0.3 33.3
2007 1 23 Wilson Chandler New York Knicks PF/SF 6-8 225 20 9 40 DePaul 14.6 0.45 / 0.333 / 0.654 6.9 1.4 0.6 1.4 31.7
2007 2 33 Marcus E. Williams San Antonio Spurs F 6-7 207 20 2 45 Arizona 8 seed 16.6 0.494 / 0.288 / 0.695 6.7 2.2 1.1 0.8 32.9
2007 2 37 Josh McRoberts Portland Trail Blazers PF/C 6-10 240 20 9 2 Duke 6 seed 13 0.502 / 0.217 / 0.664 7.9 3.5 1.2 2.5 35.3
2008 1 4 Russell Westbrook Seattle SuperSonics PG 6-3 200 19 8 151 UCLA 1 seed - Final Four 12.7 0.465 / 0.338 / 0.713 3.9 4.3 1.6 0.2 33.8
2008 1 9 D.J. Augustin Charlotte Hornets PG 6-0 183 20 8 34 Texas 2 seed - Elite 8 19.2 0.439 / 0.381 / 0.783 2.9 5.8 1.2 0 37.3
2008 1 10 Brook Lopez New Jersey Nets C 7-0 268 20 8 10 Stanford 3 seed - Sweet 16 19.3 0.468 / --- / 0.789 8.2 1.4 0.6 2.1 30.8
2008 1 15 Robin Lopez Phoenix Suns C/PF 7-0 255 20 8 22 Stanford 3 seed - Sweet 16 10.2 0.534 / 1 / 0.652 5.7 0.6 0.5 2.3 24.5
2008 1 16 Marreese Speights Philadelphia Sixers PF/C 6-10 255 20 8 47 Florida 14.5 0.624 / --- / 0.692 8.1 0.9 0.4 1.4 24.3
2008 1 18 JaVale McGee Washington Wizards C/PF 7-0 270 20 8 N/A Nevada 14.1 0.529 / 0.333 / 0.525 7.3 0.6 0.8 2.8 27.3
2008 1 21 Ryan Anderson New Jersey Nets PF 6-10 240 20 8 103 California 21.1 0.49 / 0.41 / 0.869 9.9 1.4 0.4 0.5 32.8
2008 1 27 Darrell Arthur New Orleans Pelicans PF 6-9 235 20 8 13 Kansas 1 seed - Champion 12.8 0.543 / 0.167 / 0.702 6.3 0.8 0.5 1.3 24.7
2009 1 1 Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers PF 6-10 251 20 7 15 Oklahoma 2 seed - Elite 8 22.7 0.654 / 0.375 / 0.59 14.4 2.3 1.1 1.2 0
2009 1 3 James Harden Oklahoma City Thunder SG 6-5 220 19 7 14 Arizona St. 6 seed 20.1 0.489 / 0.356 / 0.756 5.6 4.2 1.7 0.3 0
2009 1 6 Jonny Flynn Minnesota Timberwolves PG 5-10 196 20 3 18 Syracuse 3 seed - Sweet 16 17.4 0.46 / 0.317 / 0.786 2.7 6.7 1.4 0.2 0
2009 1 15 Austin Daye Detroit Pistons SF/PF 6-11 220 21 6 33 Gonzaga 4 seed - Sweet 16 12.7 0.477 / 0.429 / 0.706 6.8 1.1 0.7 2.1 0
2009 1 16 James Johnson Chicago Bulls PF 6-9 250 22 7 94 Wake Forest 4 seed 15 0.542 / 0.319 / 0.697 8.5 2 1.4 1.5 0
2009 1 19 Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks PG 6-2 186 21 7 51 Wake Forest 4 seed 18.8 0.485 / 0.441 / 0.817 3.3 3.5 1.9 0.6 0
2009 2 37 DeJuan Blair San Antonio Spurs PF 6-7 270 20 7 32 Pittsburgh 1 seed - Elite 8 15.7 0.593 / --- / 0.605 12.3 1.2 1.5 1 0
2009 2 45 Nick Calathes Minnesota Timberwolves SG/SF 6-6 213 20 2 8 Florida 17.2 0.482 / 0.39 / 0.707 5.3 6.4 1.9 0.2 0
2009 2 55 Patty Mills Portland Trail Blazers PG 6-0 185 20 7 684 Saint Mary's 18.4 0.402 / 0.338 / 0.859 2.4 3.9 2.2 0.2 0
2010 1 7 Greg Monroe Detroit Pistons C/PF 6-11 265 20 6 9 Georgetown 3 seed 16.1 0.525 / 0.259 / 0.66 9.6 3.8 1.2 1.5 34.2
2010 1 8 Al-Farouq Aminu Los Angeles Clippers SF 6-9 220 19 6 10 Wake Forest 9 seed 15.8 0.447 / 0.273 / 0.698 10.7 1.3 1.4 1.4 31.3
2010 1 9 Gordon Hayward Utah Jazz SF 6-8 226 20 6 N/A Butler 5 seed - Final Four 15.5 0.464 / 0.294 / 0.829 8.2 1.7 1.1 0.8 33.5
2010 1 10 Paul George Indiana Pacers SG/SF 6-9 220 20 6 292 Fresno St. 16.8 0.424 / 0.353 / 0.909 7.2 3 2.2 0.8 33.2
2010 1 13 Ed Davis Toronto Raptors PF 6-10 245 21 6 8 North Carolina 13.4 0.578 / --- / 0.659 9.6 1 0.4 2.8 27.9
2010 1 16 Luke Babbitt Minnesota Timberwolves PF 6-9 225 21 6 18 Nevada 21.9 0.5 / 0.416 / 0.917 8.9 2.1 1 0.8 37.1
2010 1 22 Elliot Williams Portland Trail Blazers SG 6-5 190 21 6 68 Memphis 17.9 0.459 / 0.366 / 0.758 4 3.8 1.3 0.1 33.3
2010 1 27 Jordan Crawford New Jersey Nets SG 6-4 195 21 4 N/A Xavier 6 seed - Sweet 16 20.5 0.462 / 0.391 / 0.773 4.7 2.9 1.3 0.2 32.8
2010 2 36 Terrico White Detroit Pistons SG 6-5 215 20 1 110 Mississippi 15.1 0.43 / 0.341 / 0.714 4.6 1.5 0.9 0.2 31.5
2010 2 43 Devin Ebanks Los Angeles Lakers SF/PF 6-9 215 20 3 44 West Virginia 2 seed - Final Four 12 0.457 / 0.1 / 0.77 8.1 2.4 1.1 0.7 34.1
2010 2 50 Solomon Alabi Dallas Mavericks C 7-1 250 22 2 26 Florida St. 9 seed 11.7 0.534 / --- / 0.794 6.2 0.5 0.6 2.3 25.6
2010 2 54 Willie Warren Los Angeles Clippers PG/SG 6-4 200 20 1 11 Oklahoma 16.3 0.438 / 0.309 / 0.795 3.3 4.1 1 0 32.3
2011 1 2 Derrick Williams Minnesota Timberwolves PF/SF 6-8 240 20 5 N/A Arizona 5 seed - Elite 8 19.5 0.595 / 0.568 / 0.746 8.3 1.1 1 0.7 30
2011 1 12 Alec Burks Utah Jazz SG 6-6 214 19 5 196 Colorado 20.5 0.469 / 0.292 / 0.825 6.5 2.9 1.1 0.3 31.4
2011 1 15 Kawhi Leonard Indiana Pacers SF 6-7 230 19 5 50 San Diego St. 2 seed - Sweet 16 15.5 0.444 / 0.291 / 0.759 10.6 2.5 1.4 0.6 32.6
2011 1 26 Jordan Hamilton Dallas Mavericks SF 6-7 220 20 5 7 Texas 4 seed 18.6 0.44 / 0.385 / 0.779 7.7 2.1 0.9 0.6 32.2
2011 2 35 Tyler Honeycutt Sacramento Kings SF 6-8 190 20 2 30 UCLA 7 seed 12.8 0.406 / 0.362 / 0.736 7.2 2.8 0.9 2 35
2011 2 36 Jordan Williams New Jersey Nets PF/C 6-10 260 20 1 74 Maryland 16.9 0.538 / --- / 0.575 11.8 0.6 0.7 1.4 32.5
2011 2 41 Darius Morris Los Angeles Lakers SG 6-5 195 20 4 102 Michigan 8 seed 15 0.489 / 0.25 / 0.715 4 6.7 1 0 34.8
2012 1 4 Dion Waiters Cleveland Cavaliers SG 6-4 220 20 4 21 Syracuse 1 seed - Elite 8 12.6 0.476 / 0.363 / 0.729 2.3 2.5 1.8 0.3 24.1
2012 1 7 Harrison Barnes Golden State Warriors SF 6-8 225 20 4 1 North Carolina 1 seed - Elite 8 17.1 0.44 / 0.358 / 0.723 5.2 1.1 1.1 0.3 29.2
2012 1 8 Terrence Ross Toronto Raptors SG/SF 6-7 195 21 4 32 Washington 16.4 0.457 / 0.371 / 0.766 6.4 1.4 1.3 0.9 31.1
2012 1 11 Meyers Leonard Portland Trail Blazers C 7-1 255 20 4 30 Illinois 13.6 0.584 / 0.091 / 0.732 8.2 1.3 0.5 1.9 31.8
2012 1 12 Jeremy Lamb Houston Rockets SG/SF 6-5 185 20 4 85 Connecticut 9 seed 17.7 0.478 / 0.336 / 0.81 4.9 1.7 1.2 0.6 37.2
2012 1 13 Kendall Marshall Phoenix Suns PG 6-4 200 20 4 26 North Carolina 1 seed - Elite 8 8.1 0.467 / 0.354 / 0.696 2.6 9.8 1.2 0.2 33
2012 1 16 Royce White Houston Rockets PF/SF 6-8 268 21 2 26 Iowa St. 8 seed 13.4 0.534 / 0.333 / 0.498 9.3 5 1.2 0.9 31.5
2012 1 18 Terrence Jones Houston Rockets PF 6-9 255 20 4 8 Kentucky 1 seed - Champion 12.3 0.5 / 0.327 / 0.627 7.2 1.3 1.3 1.8 29.3
2012 1 21 Jared Sullinger Boston Celtics PF 6-9 260 20 4 3 Ohio St. 2 seed - Final Four 17.5 0.519 / 0.4 / 0.768 9.2 1.2 1.2 1.1 30.4
2012 1 22 Fab Melo Boston Celtics C 7-0 255 22 1 14 Syracuse 1 seed - Elite 8 7.8 0.566 / --- / 0.633 5.8 0.7 0.5 2.9 25.4
2012 1 28 Perry Jones Oklahoma City Thunder PF 6-11 235 20 3 7 Baylor 3 seed - Elite 8 13.5 0.5 / 0.303 / 0.696 7.6 1.3 0.8 0.6 30.7
2012 2 40 Will Barton Portland Trail Blazers SG 6-6 175 21 4 13 Memphis 8 seed 18 0.509 / 0.346 / 0.749 8 2.9 1.4 0.7 35.3
2012 2 42 Doron Lamb Milwaukee Bucks SG 6-4 210 20 2 23 Kentucky 1 seed - Champion 13.7 0.474 / 0.466 / 0.826 2.7 1.5 0.5 0.1 31.2
2013 1 3 Otto Porter Washington Wizards SF 6-8 198 20 3 31 Georgetown 2 seed 16.2 0.48 / 0.422 / 0.777 7.5 2.7 1.8 0.9 35.4
2013 1 4 Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets C/PF 7-0 240 20 3 10 Indiana 1 seed - Sweet 16 16.5 0.564 / --- / 0.757 8 1.3 1 1.3 29.5
2013 1 5 Alex Len Phoenix Suns C 7-1 260 20 3 N/A Maryland 11.9 0.534 / 0.125 / 0.686 7.8 1 0.2 2.1 26.4
2013 1 8 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Detroit Pistons SG 6-5 205 20 3 12 Georgia 18.5 0.433 / 0.373 / 0.799 7.1 1.8 2 0.5 33.9
2013 1 9 Trey Burke Minnesota Timberwolves PG 6-1 191 20 3 93 Michigan 4 seed - Final Four 18.6 0.463 / 0.384 / 0.801 3.2 6.7 1.6 0.5 35.3
2013 1 11 Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia Sixers PG/SG 6-6 190 21 3 26 Syracuse 4 seed - Final Four 11.9 0.393 / 0.294 / 0.694 5 7.3 2.7 0.5 35.2
2013 1 18 Shane Larkin Atlanta Hawks PG 5-11 175 20 3 117 Miami FL 2 seed - Sweet 16 14.5 0.479 / 0.406 / 0.777 3.8 4.6 2 0.1 36.4
2013 2 37 Tony Mitchell Detroit Pistons PF 6-9 240 21 2 16 North Texas 13 0.44 / 0.3 / 0.675 8.5 0.8 1 2.7 32.4
2014 1 6 Marcus Smart Boston Celtics PG 6-4 220 20 2 10 Oklahoma St. 9 seed 18 0.422 / 0.299 / 0.728 5.9 4.8 2.9 0.6 32.7
2014 1 8 Nik Stauskas Sacramento Kings SG 6-6 205 20 2 83 Michigan 2 seed - Elite 8 17.5 0.47 / 0.442 / 0.824 2.9 3.3 0.6 0.3 35.6
2014 1 14 T.J. Warren Phoenix Suns F 6-8 225 20 2 23 North Carolina St. 12 seed 24.9 0.525 / 0.267 / 0.69 7.1 1.1 1.8 0.6 35.4
2014 1 19 Gary Harris Chicago Bulls SG 6-4 210 19 2 19 Michigan St. 4 seed - Elite 8 16.7 0.429 / 0.352 / 0.81 4 2.7 1.8 0.4 32.3
2014 1 21 Mitch McGary Oklahoma City Thunder C 6-10 255 22 2 28 Michigan 2 seed - Elite 8 9.5 0.545 / --- / 0.667 8.3 1.5 1.9 0.8 24.8
2014 1 22 Jordan Adams Memphis Grizzlies SG 6-5 209 19 2 65 UCLA 4 seed - Sweet 16 17.4 0.485 / 0.356 / 0.836 5.3 2.3 2.6 0.1 30.1
2014 1 23 Rodney Hood Utah Jazz F 6-8 206 21 2 29 Duke 3 seed 16.1 0.464 / 0.42 / 0.807 3.9 2.1 0.7 0.3 32.9
2014 1 30 Kyle Anderson San Antonio Spurs PF 6-9 230 20 2 3 UCLA 4 seed - Sweet 16 14.6 0.48 / 0.483 / 0.737 8.8 6.5 1.8 0.8 33.2
2014 2 39 Jerami Grant Philadelphia Sixers F 6-8 210 20 2 48 Syracuse 3 seed 12.1 0.496 / --- / 0.674 6.8 1.4 0.8 0.6 31.4
2014 2 40 Glenn Robinson Minnesota Timberwolves SF 6-6 222 20 2 17 Michigan 2 seed - Elite 8 13.1 0.488 / 0.306 / 0.757 4.4 1.2 0.9 0.3 32.3
2014 2 55 Semaj Christon Miami Heat PG 6-3 190 21 0 29 Xavier 12 seed 17 0.479 / 0.388 / 0.668 2.7 4.2 1.3 0.2 35.3
2015 1 14 Cameron Payne Oklahoma City Thunder G 6-3 185 20 1 N/A Murray St. 20.2 0.456 / 0.377 / 0.787 3.7 6 1.9 0.5 32.2
2015 1 16 Terry Rozier Boston Celtics G 6-2 190 21 1 28 Louisville 4 seed - Elite 8 17.1 0.411 / 0.306 / 0.79 5.6 3 2 0.2 35
2015 1 22 Bobby Portis Chicago Bulls PF 6-11 246 20 1 17 Arkansas 5 seed 17.5 0.536 / 0.467 / 0.737 8.9 1.2 1.1 1.4 29.9
2015 1 23 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Portland Trail Blazers SF 6-7 214 20 1 15 Arizona 2 seed - Elite 8 11.2 0.502 / 0.207 / 0.707 6.8 1.6 1.2 0.8 28.7
2015 1 25 Jarell Martin Memphis Grizzlies F 6-10 239 21 1 12 LSU 9 seed 16.9 0.509 / 0.269 / 0.69 9.2 1.8 1.2 0.7 35.1
2015 2 33 Jordan Mickey Boston Celtics PF 6-8 235 20 1 37 LSU 9 seed 15.4 0.504 / 0.111 / 0.646 9.9 1.3 0.9 3.6 34.9
2015 2 44 Andrew Harrison Phoenix Suns G 6-6 213 20 0 5 Kentucky 1 seed - Final Four 9.3 0.378 / 0.383 / 0.792 2.2 3.6 1 0.2 25.5
2015 2 48 Dakari Johnson Oklahoma City Thunder C 7-0 255 19 0 10 Kentucky 1 seed - Final Four 6.4 0.506 / --- / 0.625 4.6 0.7 0.4 0.9 16.3
2016 1 9 Jakob Poeltl Toronto Raptors C 7-0 230 20 0 N/A Utah 3 seed 17.2 0.646 / --- / 0.692 9.1 1.9 0.6 1.6 30.4
2016 1 11 Domas Sabonis Orlando Magic PF 6-11 240 20 0 193 Gonzaga 11 seed - Sweet 16 17.6 0.611 / 0.357 / 0.769 11.8 1.8 0.6 0.9 31.9
2016 1 17 Wade Baldwin IV Memphis Grizzlies G 6-4 202 20 0 131 Vanderbilt 11 seed 14.1 0.427 / 0.406 / 0.799 4 5.2 1.2 0.3 30.4
2016 1 27 Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors F 6-9 230 22 0 N/A New Mexico St. 20.2 0.538 / 0.2 / 0.678 11.6 1.7 1 2.2 34.6
2016 2 34 Tyler Ulis Phoenix Suns PG 5-10 150 20 0 19 Kentucky 4 seed 17.3 0.434 / 0.344 / 0.856 3 7 1.5 0.1 36.8
2016 2 37 Chinanu Onuaku Houston Rockets C 6-10 245 19 0 66 Louisville 9.9 0.62 / --- / 0.589 8.5 1.6 0.8 2 24.6
2016 2 38 Patrick McCaw Milwaukee Bucks G 6-7 185 20 0 231 UNLV 14.7 0.465 / 0.366 / 0.774 5.1 3.9 2.5 0.4 33.7
2016 2 42 Isaiah Whitehead Utah Jazz PG/SG 6-4 213 21 0 13 Seton Hall 6 seed 18.2 0.379 / 0.365 / 0.76 3.6 5.1 1.2 1.4 32.3
2016 2 51 Ben Bentil Boston Celtics F 6-9 235 21 0 93 Providence 9 seed 21.1 0.462 / 0.329 / 0.782 7.7 1.1 0.9 1 34.2
2016 2 56 Daniel Hamilton Denver Nuggets SG 6-7 195 20 0 17 Connecticut 9 seed 12.5 0.387 / 0.331 / 0.86 8.9 4.7 1.1 0.4 31.9
Data from: sports-reference.com/cbb, RealGM, and 247.

Coincidentally, it is exactly 100 players or about 9 a year. While this list does not include sophomores who declared but didn’t get drafted, like Aaron Harrison, it does offer a number of pathways into the Association. But first, who are Cook’s best comparisons?

I kept it simple, and put the above players through the following filter process:

  1. Players between the height of 6’7” and 6’10”,
  2. Remove the straggling wings (SGs or SFs) and centers

Tyler Cook Comparisons

Draft Player Pos Height Weight Age Recruiting Rank Stats
Draft Player Pos Height Weight Age Recruiting Rank Stats
2006 - 1 (15) Cedric Simmons F/C 6-9 235 20 53 11.8 pts, 6.3 reb, 1.7 ast, 0.7 stl, 2.5 blk
2006 - 2 (49) Leon Powe F 6-8 240 22 8 20.5 pts, 10.1 reb, 1.4 ast, 0.9 stl, 0.6 blk
2007 - 1 (13) Julian Wright F 6-8 225 20 7 12 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.2 ast, 1.4 stl, 1.3 blk
2007 - 1 (23) Wilson Chandler PF/SF 6-8 225 20 40 14.6 pts, 6.9 reb, 1.4 ast, 0.6 stl, 1.4 blk
2007 - 2 (33) Marcus E. Williams F 6-7 207 20 45 16.6 pts, 6.7 reb, 2.2 ast, 1.1 stl, 0.8 blk
2007 - 2 (37) Josh McRoberts PF/C 6-10 240 20 2 13 pts, 7.9 reb, 3.5 ast, 1.2 stl, 2.5 blk
2008 - 1 (16) Marreese Speights PF/C 6-10 255 20 47 14.5 pts, 8.1 reb, 0.9 ast, 0.4 stl, 1.4 blk
2008 - 1 (21) Ryan Anderson PF 6-10 240 20 103 21.1 pts, 9.9 reb, 1.4 ast, 0.4 stl, 0.5 blk
2008 - 1 (27) Darrell Arthur PF 6-9 235 20 13 12.8 pts, 6.3 reb, 0.8 ast, 0.5 stl, 1.3 blk
2009 - 1 (1) Blake Griffin PF 6-10 251 20 15 22.7 pts, 14.4 reb, 2.3 ast, 1.1 stl, 1.2 blk
2009 - 1 (16) James Johnson PF 6-9 250 22 94 15 pts, 8.5 reb, 2 ast, 1.4 stl, 1.5 blk
2009 - 2 (37) DeJuan Blair PF 6-7 270 20 32 15.7 pts, 12.3 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.5 stl, 1 blk
2010 - 1 (13) Ed Davis PF 6-10 245 21 8 13.4 pts, 9.6 reb, 1 ast, 0.4 stl, 2.8 blk
2010 - 1 (16) Luke Babbitt PF 6-9 225 21 18 21.9 pts, 8.9 reb, 2.1 ast, 1 stl, 0.8 blk
2010 - 2 (43) Devin Ebanks SF/PF 6-9 215 20 44 12 pts, 8.1 reb, 2.4 ast, 1.1 stl, 0.7 blk
2011 - 1 (2) Derrick Williams PF/SF 6-8 240 20 N/A 19.5 pts, 8.3 reb, 1.1 ast, 1 stl, 0.7 blk
2011 - 2 (36) Jordan Williams PF/C 6-10 260 20 74 16.9 pts, 11.8 reb, 0.6 ast, 0.7 stl, 1.4 blk
2012 - 1 (16) Royce White PF/SF 6-8 268 21 26 13.4 pts, 9.3 reb, 5 ast, 1.2 stl, 0.9 blk
2012 - 1 (18) Terrence Jones PF 6-9 255 20 8 12.3 pts, 7.2 reb, 1.3 ast, 1.3 stl, 1.8 blk
2012 - 1 (21) Jared Sullinger PF 6-9 260 20 3 17.5 pts, 9.2 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.2 stl, 1.1 blk
2013 - 2 (37) Tony Mitchell PF 6-9 240 21 16 13 pts, 8.5 reb, 0.8 ast, 1 stl, 2.7 blk
2014 - 1 (14) T.J. Warren F 6-8 225 20 23 24.9 pts, 7.1 reb, 1.1 ast, 1.8 stl, 0.6 blk
2014 - 1 (23) Rodney Hood F 6-8 206 21 29 16.1 pts, 3.9 reb, 2.1 ast, 0.7 stl, 0.3 blk
2014 - 1 (30) Kyle Anderson PF 6-9 230 20 3 14.6 pts, 8.8 reb, 6.5 ast, 1.8 stl, 0.8 blk
2014 - 2 (39) Jerami Grant F 6-8 210 20 48 12.1 pts, 6.8 reb, 1.4 ast, 0.8 stl, 0.6 blk
2015 - 1 (25) Jarell Martin F 6-10 239 21 12 16.9 pts, 9.2 reb, 1.8 ast, 1.2 stl, 0.7 blk
2015 - 2 (33) Jordan Mickey PF 6-8 235 20 37 15.4 pts, 9.9 reb, 1.3 ast, 0.9 stl, 3.6 blk
2016 - 1 (27) Pascal Siakam F 6-9 230 22 N/A 20.2 pts, 11.6 reb, 1.7 ast, 1 stl, 2.2 blk
2016 - 2 (51) Ben Bentil F 6-9 235 21 93 21.1 pts, 7.7 reb, 1.1 ast, 0.9 stl, 1 blk

On the whole, this group of 29 players averages 16.2 points and 8.7 rebounds in a number of different ways. The median 247 recruiting rank was 29 - Cook clocked in at 73, according to the site. Twenty-one went to the NCAA tournament, with nine of those making the Sweet 16 or further.

A quick aside provides more data to back up the old adage of guard play is what wins in March. Of the 38 sophomore guards, 31 went to the tournament with 18 advancing to the Sweet 16. Though the percentages line up in terms of tournament participants, the percentage of those who advanced is 15% greater for guards.

So, how does Tyler Cook need to improve for his draft stock to rise? And what is the likelihood of him performing along this path?

The Jack-of-All Trades

Comps: Royce White, Kyle Anderson, Josh McRoberts

All three lack the elite athleticism we’ve grown accustom from NBA power forwards and make up for it with the ability to have the offense run through them. Anderson’s 6.5 assists are the most of any sophomore forward, as he functioned as the point guard at UCLA. White boasts a similar resume, while McRoberts adds 2.5 blocks to his stat line. Both McRoberts and Anderson would shoot the three, while it was absent from White’s game.

For an improvement like this to occur, it would have to include some semblance of an offensive transformation from Fran McCaffery. During his time here, the defense-to-offense transition has mostly occurred with the classic rebounder-to-point guard outlet pass. However, there were hints of a change last year, as there were instances where Peter Jok or Nicholas Baer would get the rebound and bring it up the court to initiate the offense.

Jordan Bohannon’s role in this tactic must be mentioned, as he is a shooting threat once he crosses the half-court line. It is much easier for defenses to key on him when he is hanging in the backcourt to get an outlet pass. An adjustment to have other ball-handlers bring it up - including Cook on rebounds he gets - would allow Bohannon to leak to spots around the arc to make transition defenders choose between guarding the ball-handler or the dead-eye shooter at the 3-point line.

To bring it back around to Cook, he did not show much of this game last year, with some exceptions in transition late in the season. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.42 is also far behind those of Anderson and White (McRoberts’ was unavailable) at 2.10 and 1.32, respectively. I would expect him to improve in this area, as he adds more to his game and becomes more apt at managing double teams.

However, I don’t expect Iowa to utilize Cook in this way.

Likelihood: 1/5

The Stretch

Comps: Ryan Anderson, Luke Babbitt, Derrick Williams

Both Anderson and Babbitt were prolific three-point shooters as freshmen who improved in their sophomore years. Williams went from 4/16 as a freshman to 42/74 as a sophomore. I would be remiss if I didn’t also include Nigel Hayes in this group, as well. His sophomore season was fantastic, as he went 40/101 after going 0/0 as a freshman. I don’t think he regrets staying at Wisconsin, but his draft stock was never higher than it was 2015.

Looking at these four, being a stretch can be either a way of life or a flash in the pan. Anderson and Babbitt are career shooters with percentages hovering around 40%; Williams and Hayes have regressed to 30% shooters, with Hayes’ attempts occurring with the shorter college line. Because of this, I can envision a scenario where Cook extends his range out to the college three and averages one make on 2.5 attempts per game with no guarantees of maintaining throughout his career.

Likelihood: 2/5

The Bucket Getter

Comps: Ben Bentil, DeJuan Blair, Jared Sullinger

All three were high-usage players who limited turnovers, snared offensive boards, and got buckets. Bentil is unique from the other two, as he attempted over 150 threes with mixed results. His low percentage adversely affected his overall shooting, as he is much more in line with the others from two.

Tyler Cook’s KenPom line from this year further validates the improvements he must make are far more obtainable than with the other two groups:

KenPom Stats

Player %Min ORtg %Poss %Shots eFG% TS% OR% DR% ARate TORate Blk% Stl% FC/40 FD/40 FTRate FTM-FTA FT% 2PM-2PA 2P% 3P% Pct
Player %Min ORtg %Poss %Shots eFG% TS% OR% DR% ARate TORate Blk% Stl% FC/40 FD/40 FTRate FTM-FTA FT% 2PM-2PA 2P% 3P% Pct
Tyler Cook 47.5 99.7 24.9 22.9 55.8 57.3 8.7 14.3 7.9 21.7 1.7 1.5 4 5.8 52.8 73-122 59.8% 126-223 56.5% 2-8 25.0%
DeJuan Blair 66.3 126.8 26.3 26.4 59.3 60 23.6 27.8 9.1 10.4 3.8 3.4 4 5.3 42.5 98-162 60.5% 226-381 59.3% 0-0 0.0%
Ben Bentil 84.7 112.3 28.1 30.1 51.1 56.8 8.4 16.6 8 11.4 3.1 1.4 3.2 6.4 46.4 194-248 78.2% 195-376 51.9% 52-158 32.9%
Jared Sullinger 72 117.7 27.5 27.5 53.8 59.1 12.4 23.9 8.6 13.7 4 2.3 3.9 6.1 51.9 175-228 76.8% 212-399 53.1% 16-40 40.0%
KenPom.com

Cook is right in line with many of these stats. While Sullinger and Blair were top 30-ish recruits, Bentil’s ranking shows it is not a requirement. I would also offer that Cook resembles Bentil far more than the other two, as they were/are ground-bound post presences.

The key for Cook will be two-fold, scaling his 2017 performance while becoming more efficient. Though he played in only 47.5% of Iowa’s minutes, taking out games missed due to injury puts the figure at a much more respectable 59.4%. In fact, this number is almost identical to Aaron White’s freshman year, whose trajectory went 59.6%-72.2%-69.2%-78.1% throughout his Hawkeye career. I would expect a similar jump to the 70% range for Cook, which would be 28 minutes per game.

With a jump from about 24 minutes/game to 28, his 2017 stats go from: 12.3 points-5.3 rebounds to 14.4 points-6.1 rebounds. The easiest area to become more efficient scoring the ball, is at the line. His current averages of 2.7/4.5 would move to 3.2/5.3 (at 28 minutes), but an improvement to 70% would add another .5 points per game.

As mentioned above, the other area Cook struggled regularly was with turnovers. The KenPom numbers have it as the statistic most out of line with other “bucket-getters.” If he improves to Sullinger’s TO% while maintain his 2017 usage, that means 8% of his possessions result in assists, field goal attempts, or trips to the free throw line.

His usage rate last year of 24.9% ($) is already the second highest among Fran-era forwards, including Aaron White’s hyper-efficient senior season, behind only Jarrod Uthoff’s 26.0% he posted in 2016. Since he may be reaching the ceiling in terms of how much he is using the ball, maintaining this rate with increased minutes, and efficiency, will put him on a path to All-Big Ten.

While I don't expect him to post the raw scoring numbers of Bentil or rebounding of Blair, something like 17 points on 55% shooting and 8 boards will have him on draft boards as a number one option in the Big Ten.

Likelihood: 3/5

Bonus: The Cinderella

Comps: Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams, Jordan Crawford, Gordon Hayward, Patrick O’Bryant, Domas Sabonis, Derrick Williams

I decided to open this one up to all positions, because sometimes the easiest way to get noticed is to play the best when the lights are brightest. All seven were on teams not expected (by seed) to make it past the Sweet 16.

If Tyler Cook (and company) brought a Sweet 16 appearance for the first time since 1999, I would be absolutely thrilled, and it would be in large part because of his impact. Like Caleb Swanigan’s departure from Purdue this year, his entry into the NBA draft would be a price I’m willing to pay for a tournament run.