With AAU now behind him, St. Louis (MO) Chaminade College Prep forward Tyler Cook is looking ahead in his recruitment, one that still includes Iowa State.
Cook, a 6-foot-7 forward, narrowed his list of schools to six at the beginning of the summer to include Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and Virginia. All of those schools were nearby Cook throughout the July evaluation period.
“Every single team that has been recruiting me has been at every game pretty much, so nothing set any school apart from another,” Cook said of the July evaluation period. “But just knowing that they all were taking the time out to come see me play and come evaluate me some more was pretty cool.”
Iowa State has long been in on Cook and recruited him throughout last season under the direction of Fred Hoiberg. His list of six schools came before Hoiberg’s departure for the Chicago Bulls, and Cook initially wasn’t certain where Iowa State would ultimately stand with a new staff.
For now, at least, the Cyclones are still very much in the mix.
“They haven’t lost a beat in terms of how they’re recruiting me since Coach Hoiberg left,” Cook said of Iowa State. “They’re talking to me a couple times a week and so I’ve still be talking with them a lot.”
The coach recruiting Cook? So far it’s been the headman, Steve Prohm.
“Coach Prohm has been the only one that’s been calling and texting me, so I haven’t talked much to any assistants,” Cook said. “He just calls and tells me how much Iowa State needs me, how much he needs me in the program to kind of help establish an identity I guess. He said he just likes my versatility and what I can bring to the table from a leadership standpoint and stuff like that.”
Cook, who has been to Iowa, Iowa State and Missouri several times in the past for unofficial visits, stopped at Arkansas this summer and has an official visit lined up for Virginia the first week of September. The current plan is to make an official visit to Iowa that month, and Cook ultimately plans on using all five.
Cook isn’t considering any schools outside his top-6, he said, and he hopes to make a decision before his senior season.
“I plan on making my decision before the start of the school basketball season. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll cut [my list] down or not again,” Cook said. “At this point I’ve already established relationships with most of these coaches and so right now I’m just trying to figure out what place feels like home to me. That’s why these visits are so important, just to make sure I can get a feel for these places and see where I can see myself living.”