Hallice Cooke talked at media day in early October about the difficulty of having to watch from the sideline this season as he sits out per NCAA transfer rules after signing on with Iowa State in May following one season at Oregon State.
That wait may get harder for Cooke before it gets easier as Iowa State announced Thursday that the 6-foot-3 guard will undergo surgery in both hips to repair cartilage tears. Cooke will have one of his surgeries in New York on Monday and the second four weeks later.
Cooke, who averaged 8.2 points per game and shot 45.6 percent beyond the arc as a freshman last season, had been dealing with the cartilage tears for some time. The Cyclones made the decision to do the operations now as Cook sits out.
The recovery for the surgeries is expected to be between six and eight months. Cooke will have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning next season.