While interest in 2016 power forward Tyler Cook has picked up in recent months, the junior from St. Louis (MO) Chaminade is still taking everything in with visits as a decision awaits him later this year.
“I’ll probably make a decision right before my senior year starts,” Cook said Saturday. “Right now I’m just trying to get as many visits in as I can. Just going around and seeing what kind of feel I can get for the program and stuff.”
That latest trip brought Cook to Hilton Coliseum as Iowa State hosted West Virginia on Saturday. Cook, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward, had made one previous trip to Ames when he attended the Cyclones’ football season-opener.
Cook is a four-star forward (No. 96 in the 2016 class) who has drawn interest from a number of major schools. He holds offers from Illinois, Iowa and Iowa State while Kansas, Kansas State, Miami and Michigan have shown interest.
“I’ve been all over the place,” Cook said. “Everywhere I’ve been has been really good, that’s what makes the decision hard. All the programs I’ve been to have just been really great programs, really great coaches, facilities and fans and stuff. It’s going to be a tough decision for me to make.”
Cook’s decision won’t come soon, but he does expect to make a choice before he starts his senior year. First, he’ll get a better picture of where schools stand this upcoming summer.
“It’s pretty wide open,” Cook said. “I’m probably going to be doing a lot of trimming my list down this summer between the end of the season and in-season. It’ll be a pretty big summer for me.”
Cook hasn’t scheduled any official visits, but said Saturday that Iowa State will likely get one of his five. So far the junior has liked what he’s seen when it comes to how he could fit into coach Fred Hoiberg’s system.
“They like to get up and down the floor, get as many possessions as they can,” Cook said. “That’s the style of play that I like to play in. I’m athletic. I use my athleticism to my advantage. I like to get up and down.”
Ultimately, his decision will rest with relationships.
“The biggest thing for me is my relationship with the head coach and assistants, who else they’re bringing in with my class and who else will be there and the style of play,” Cook said. “Those will be the biggest things for me in making a decision. I’ve got great relationship with both of the coaches [at Iowa State].”