Cook to Visit Iowa

Tyler Cook picked up an Iowa scholarship offer this spring. The Class of 2016 power forward said he will visit the Big Ten school later this month. He talked with Hawkeye Insider about his relationship with the program and the rest of his recruitment.

Tyler Cook's recruitment is taking off. Colleges are contacting and evaluating the Class of 2016 power forward from St. Louis.

For Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery, he saw what he needed to see. This spring, he offered a scholarship to Cook, who said he's scheduled to visit the school on June 23.

"Coach McCaffery and Coach (Sherman) Dillard told me that they look forward to me visiting. They say they liked what they've seen when they've watched me play. They told me that we would have success as a program if I went there," the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Cook told Hawkeye Insider.

Cook runs with the St. Louis Eagles on the AAU circuit and attends high school at Chaminade College Prep. Both offer very successful programs and produce top-flight talent.

"I don't know a lot about Iowa, yet," Cook said. "I watched them play a few times last season and they play hard and smart. I look forward to learning more on my visit.

"I want to familiarize myself with the program and the coaches. I've heard it's a nice campus, too, so I'm looking forward to seeing it."

In addition to his Hawkeye offer, Cook reports one from Illinois State. He said he's also hearing from Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Purdue, Saint Louis and Southern Illinois.

"Of course, I'd like to see as many schools as possible interested in me," Cook said. "Me and my family are going to take our time and make sure we make the right decision."

Cook said that a strong relationship with coaches and the players will prove important in his decision. He also is looking to find a passionate fan base.

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