Cook coming back to Iowa
By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
IOWA CITY — Iowa forward Tyler Cook will withdraw his name from NBA Draft consideration and return to the Hawkeyes for his junior season.
Cook announced his decision on Wednesday, which means the Hawkeyes are getting their best player back after a trying 2017-18 season.
“I am excited to return to Iowa for my junior season,” said Cook. “I am grateful for the opportunities and feedback that I have received from NBA personnel. I am thankful for Coach (Fran) McCaffery and the coaching staff for their assistance and patience with me during this process.
“I can’t wait to get back to work and continue to try to lead this team back to the NCAA Tournament. I appreciate the love and support by all during this process.”
Cook averaged team highs of 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game for Iowa, which finished 14-19. But the return of Cook and fellow junior Isaiah Moss — who also withdrew from NBA Draft consideration — should put the Hawkeyes in position to improve next winter.
Iowa will also bring in prized recruit Joe Wieskamp, perhaps the only recruit more highly touted than Cook in McCaffery’s eight seasons with the Hawkeyes.
Isaiah Moss announced on Wednesday that he will return to Iowa for his redshirt junior season after going through the NBA Draft process.