Chaminade grad Tyler Cook nearing NBA draft deadline
ST. LOUIS, MO- The NBA Draft on June 21 is less than a month away, but we are just days away from a crucial deadline that will impact the future of Chaminade graduate Tyler Cook. The sophomore forward at Iowa declared for the draft but has not signed with an agent.
He has until May 30 to decide if he’ll return to school for his junior year or remain in the draft.
Cook was the top scorer and rebounder for the Hawkeyes in 2017-2018 (15.3/6.8), but was not invited to the recent NBA Draft combine in Chicago, where prospects were poked, prodded, worked out and interviewed. (Not all players who test the NBA waters get an invite to the combine).
Instead, he’s getting invitations to work out for individual teams. He’s visited with the Oklahoma City Thunder and on Tuesday he met with the Denver Nuggets.
After the workout, Cook told reporters the workout process has allowed him to see how different organizations operate, but hasn’t necessarily yielded new insights into his game, and that he’s known that he needs to prove consistent effort and rebounding ability. He also weighed in on the exploits of his former high school teammate Jayson Tatum, who has helped guide the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals en route to being a finalist for NBA Rookie of The Year.
Cook has not appeared in mock drafts, and must decide if he wants to try and catch on potentially as an undrafted free agent, or play professionally overseas.