Former Hawkeye Star Tyler Cook Headed Back To NBA
Tyler Cook's time in Des Moines as a member of the NBA "G" league's Iowa Wolves didn't last long. The Brooklyn Nets have signed the free agent to a 10-day contract. Nets Daily.com points out that "the Nets are known to be one of the most successful teams when it comes to scouting, development and evaluating "G" League talent." Have they found their "diamond in the rough"?
According to the team press release: the Nets added young front-court depth, signing the 23-year-old power forward to a 10-day contract that will pay roughly $99,000. Cook will now get an opportunity to prove to one of the best teams in the league that he can play. During Thursday night's Nets victory over the Orlando Magic, Cook got in the game for six minutes but did not score.
*Originally published Jan. 11, 2021
One of the most dynamic players in Iowa Hawkeye basketball history is coming back to the state to play basketball in our capital city of Des Moines.
Tyler Cook played for the Hawkeyes from 2016 through 2019, then skipped his senior season for a shot at the NBA. As a Hawkeye fan myself, I can remember Cook bringing me out of my chair many times with his thunderous dunks, plain and simple, the man is a "baller". (scroll down for his college career highlights video) I remembering watching Cook play in a pick-up summer league at the Cedar Valley Sportsplex, and I marveled at how he was a "man among boys". He came to Iowa ranked as a top 100 player out of high school and finished as 1 of 9 Hawkeyes with 1,300 points and 600 rebounds in a career.
Cook went undrafted in 2019 and has spent some time on the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers rosters. In February of last year, the Oklahoma City Blue announced they had acquired Cook. Now, The Iowa Wolves, the NBA "G" League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves, announced the team has acquired the returning player rights to the 6'8", 255 pound Cook from the Blue. According to a Wolves press release, the 23-year-old signed a training camp contract with the Timberwolves on Dec. 2, 2020, before being waived on Dec. 19, 2020.
Here's top plays from the collegiate career of Iowa's Tyler Cook. Enjoy...and GO HAWKS!