Recruiting continues to progress for Cook

Power forward Tyler Cook continues to move forward in his recruitment and is taking a strong look at six schools.

Power forward Tyler Cook had a good showing at the Nike Global Challenge this past week. The 6-foot-8 tough and athletic Cook was dominant at times down low, and he is continuing to move forward in his recruiting process.

“I think I have been playing pretty well,” said Cook of his summer. “I am just trying to stay versatile, keep working on my game, and be better all-around so I can be better for the next level.”

He continued about his play, “I am working to improve my range and make myself more of a threat from all over the court. Also I want to improve my ball handling. I feel like I can do some of that now. Also I want to continue to improve on my post game.”

Recruiting wise Cook has narrowed down his list to Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, and Virginia.

One school that was tracking Cook very closely at the Global Challenge was Iowa. The Hawkeyes have been one of his top contenders for a while, and he continues to speak very highly of the program.

“I have a great relationship with Coach (Sherman) Dillard and Coach (Fran) McCaffery,” said Cook. “They are like family to me. They were one of the first schools to offer me. The relationship we have is great, I trust those guys, and I think I could help a lot of great things for the Iowa program if I went there.”

Recently Missouri hired Cook’s former AAU Coach, Corey Tate, as an assistant, and that has kept the relationship strong with the Tigers.

“(Tate) is always on my phone telling me about Missouri,” explained Cook. “He has been recruiting me hard and it is close to home, so I like that school a lot.”

The Virginia Cavaliers liked Cook a lot in the spring, and he has indicated a desire to visit there, and says the entire university appeals to him.

“It is a great academic school and also a great program,” explained Cook. “I feel that Coach (Tony) Bennett knows what to do with guys like me. They were one of the later schools to jump in, so I definitely want to get down there and see the campus.”

The Arkansas Razorbacks also are one of the top schools on Cook’s list, and he feels his game would fit in well with how they play.

“They have been with me for a long time,” said Cook of Arkansas. “I think my athleticism would play well at Arkansas, and I just have a great relationship with the coaching staff.”

Cook will finish out the summer with the St. Louis Eagles, and from there expect him to make several visits before coming to a college decision.

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