Guard Hallice Cooke Transferring from Iowa State

Iowa State guard Hallice Cooke has been granted a full release from the program and will transfer ahead of his redshirt junior season.

Iowa State has granted guard Hallice Cooke a full release, and the soon-to-be junior intends to transfer, the school announced Monday. 

Cooke, who transferred from Oregon State following his freshman season, appeared 32 games in 2015-16 after sitting out his first season at Iowa State per NCAA transfer rules. In his lone season on the court with the Cyclones, Cooke averaged 2.6 points per game. 

“I enjoyed my time at Iowa State and will cherish the relationships I made when I was a Cyclone,” Cooke said in a statement. “At this time I’m looking to find a better fit for me personally. I’d like to thank the Cyclone fans for their support the last two years.”

Cooke, who will have to sit out next season if he transfers to a Division I program, found himself lost in a crowed backcourt for the upcoming 2016-17 season with Monte Morris, Matt Thomas, Naz Mitrou-Long and Donovan Jackson ahead of him on the depth chart and incoming freshman Jakolby Long having versatility. 

The departure of Cooke brings the Cyclones to the maximum 13 scholarships counting seven returning players from last season and six incoming, though uncertainty remains around Emmanuel Malou's eligibility, and the Cyclones continue to scour the graduate transfer market for a forward. 

Iowa State will get a visit this week from LA Tech graduate transfer Merrill Holden. 

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