Tyler Cook leaving Iowa, entering NBA draft

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) — Tyler Cook’s playing days at the University of Iowa have come to an end. Cook says he will hire an agent and enter the 2019 NBA draft.

Cook initially tested the NBA draft process after his sophomore season, but returned for one more year.

“This has been my lifelong dream,” Cook said in a social media post, “I am excited and ready to take on the challenge of making these dreams come to fruition. I want to thank each and every person who has supported me throughout my time at the University of Iowa.”

“We fully support Tyler’s decision to pursue his professional goals,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “It has been an honor to coach Tyler the past three years and watch him develop both as a player and person. We are thankful for Tyler’s significant contributions that he has made to our basketball program. My staff and I look forward to supporting Tyler in the next steps of his journey.”

Cook is just one of nine players in Iowa history to score more than 1,300 points and grab better than 600 rebounds in a college career. He leaves Iowa with 15 career double-doubles.

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