#74 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 4 STARS
WEIGHT: 240 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREP IN MISSOURI
CHOSE IOWA OVER: ARKANSAS FLORIDA, AMONG OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Fran McCaffery is one of the more underrated coaches in college basketball. He gets the most out of the talent he has on his teams. Iowa had a very good 2015-2016 as they were in the top 20 rankings for most of the season. While they lose star PF Jarrod Uthoff, McCaffrey landed a player who should be able to come in and take his place in the starting lineup.
Tyler Cook is one of the more physical players that we have profiled in the class of 2016. A high school teammate of Duke recruit and top 5 prospect Jayson Tatum, Cook has the necessary ingredients to make an early impact for the Hawkeyes.
The 6’9″ PF is more than just a ferocious dunker. While evaluating his game, we were pleasantly pleased with his developing offensive skill-set. He shows a nice little jump-hook with both hands. He has the ability to hit the mid-range jumper, although it needs to become more consistent. We believe he is one of the better finishers in the entire 2016 class.
Despite weighing around 240 pounds, Cook is very explosive and strong. He has the ability to become an outstanding rebounder at the college level as he will not back down from anybody. Because of his physical traits, Cook has a knack for getting 2nd chance points from missed shots.
The 4 star recruit will need to become a better ball-handler and passer when he suits up for the Hawkeyes. As his offensive game continues to evolve, he will need to be able to pass out of possible double teams, etc… McCaffrey wants his teams to have good ball movement, even the big-men. Having a ball stopper is what he doesn’t want.
While McCaffrey is one of the more underrated coaches in the country, in our opinion, Tyler Cook was one of the more underrated players in high school basketball last season. It could have been the fact that he was overshadowed by teammate Jayson Tatum. Whatever the reason is, Iowa Hawkeye fans are going to be ecstatic with their power forward of the future.
It is going to be very difficult to keep Cook out of the starting lineup. His game and body is tailor made for the Big 10 conference. He will give Iowa a physical presence down low, which is what is needed to compete in the tough and rugged conference. As he continues to improve and mature, we firmly believe Tyler Cook is going to be an outstanding Big 10 player and will be in the running for the conference freshmen of the year.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF TYLER COOK
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