Iowa Men's Basketball

Tyler Cook claims his departure from Iowa basketball isn't foregone conclusion

Iowa's Tyler Cook declared for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa's Tyler Cook declared for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The University of Iowa athletics website published a story Wednesday afternoon in which Hawkeyes basketball player Tyler Cook said it is not a foregone conclusion he will leave the program.

Cook, a sophomore power forward, announced shortly after Iowa’s season that he is seeking feedback as to whether or not to enter the NBA draft. He has not hired an agent, which makes him eligible to return to Iowa if he decides not to declare for the draft.

“Playing in the NBA is a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and I am taking full advantage of this opportunity to see where I stand so I can make an informed decision for my future,” Cook told hawkeyesports.com.

Conjecture has been that Cook, an honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference player this past season, will depart from Iowa, even if he doesn’t put his name in for the NBA draft. He said that is not true, telling hawkeyesports.com he is still participating in Iowa’s offseason team drills.

“When I committed here, I made a commitment and I am sticking by that commitment,” Cook said. “I have two great situations. Whether I go to the NBA, I will be reaching a dream of mine or coming back for my junior year is not a bad option either. When I have all the information in front of me I will be able to make an informed decision.”

Sophomore guard Isaiah Moss recently announced he, too, is exploring his NBA opportunities, though he said Tuesday he has decided to come back to school for his junior season.

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