DES MOINES — Hallice Cooke struggled with the sitting out and with the recovery process, but finally he sees some light at the end of the tunnel.
The redshirt sophomore guard, who averaged 8.2 points per game and shot 45.6 percent beyond the arc as a freshman at Oregon State, sat out last season after transferring. While sitting out, Cooke underwent surgery on both hips to repair cartilage tears he had been dealing with for a long period of time.
During the recovery, which had a timetable of six to eight months, Cooke dealt with the highs and lows. After being cleared initially for 20 minutes of activity earlier this offseason, Cooke has now taken another step and has played in the last two YMCA Capital City League games in Des Moines.
"It's more mental than physical right now," Cooke said of his recovery. "Right now I'm using Cap City League to just work on my confidence, get my rhythm back, just get my flow back and my feel of playing. It's been fun just being out on the court again. I've been out for a long time, almost a year since I've played basketball, so I'm just using this as an opportunity to get better."
Cooke said his hips feel better than ever and he is primarily dealing with fatigue now. He fully expects to be ready for the season-opener in November.
Here's what else Cooke had to say about his recovery.