MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Tyler Cook popped up on the Iowa recruiting radar more than a year ago when he received a scholarship offer. He’s remained one of the most visible and desired prospects by the staff and fans.
The St. Louis Eagles power forward continued to solidify his status as a four-star target this spring with his play on the EYBL circuit, which stopped here this past weekend. In 17 games, he averaged 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds on a deep team. He shot 64.9 percent from the floor.
What I Saw: The first think you notice about Cook is his sturdy frame. His calves are the size of the thighs on a lot of players.
Despite the bulk, Cook shows a comfort running offense from the perimeter. He’s got good vision and is a strong passer.
Cook is most at home on the low block, however, where he can take advantage of his solid base and length. He also understands how to work in the high post where, again, he can utilize his ability to find open teammates.
An area of concern for Cook is his foul shooting, where he shot 43.7 percent this spring. As a low-post threat, that number needs to come up.
Cook is a good athlete wrapped in a hulking frame. He runs the floor well and plays hard.
We didn’t get a look at Cook’s outside shot. If he can hit the face-up 12-15 footer, it will put even more pressure on the defense, which must respect his passing and ability to drive to the basket.
Overall, Cook looks and plays like he belongs in the Big Ten. Iowa must add to its front court in this cycle and this kid can contribute right away.