Iowa basketball’s Tyler Cook is adding more fuel to his offseason saga by announcing his plans to test the NBA draft waters.
Sophomore @iamtc5 will go through the NBA evaluation process that is allowed for underclassmen: https://t.co/TYSEBe2SxF— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 9, 2018
“Tyler should take advantage of this opportunity and we fully support his decision,” coach Fran McCaffery pic.twitter.com/pyflKa2SL3
It’s already been an offseason of speculation surrounding Cook’s next move. He was noncommittal on sticking around another year after Iowa lost to Michigan in the BTT. He later put rumors of him transferring elsewhere to rest.
Honestly, this is what we should have expected all along out of Cook. He doesn’t plan on hiring an agent and is going to get evaluated by NBA scouts and evaluate his draft prospects. As you recall, Peter Jok did the same thing in 2016. He returned to Iowa City that same year to put his NBA prospects in better position.
This is a really good thing for all parties involved. Cook can learn from NBA scouts where he needs to hone his game and get an honest evaluation on where he projects at the next level. And since he isn’t signing with an agent, he of course is able to return to Iowa City like Jok.
We wish the best of luck to Cook as he evaluates the next chapter of his basketball life.