Iowa basketball got the biggest of biggest news on Wednesday evening when four-star power forward Tyler Cook of Chaminade Prep in St. Louis used twitter to announce that he had committed to Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes. Cook chose Iowa over Florida, Missouri, and Arkansas.
The newest Hawkeye hoops commit is a top 100 player for the 2016 class, the 23rd best at his position in the entire country, and was the top target for Fran McCaffery and his entire coaching staff. This is their big fish of the 2016 effort, and they won out for Cook's services over prennial national contenders.
Cook joins a group that was already comprised of three in-state prospects in point guard Jordan Bohannon, power forward Ryan Kreiner, and power forward Cordell Pemsl.
The Iowa class has a lot of size. Kreiner is listed at 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, Pemsl at 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, while Cook adds even more at a robust 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds. The difference in the three is that Cook has the potential to be an immediate impact type player, and is just what Iowa was hoping to land to compete up front against the likes of Michigan State on the hardwood.
Fran McCaffery and his staff have turned the program around and are a regular in the NCAA tournament. Many are awaiting if they can take the next step in Iowa City and the recruiting trail is where it begins. They're beginning to become finalists for a handful of major prospects, including landing top 100 player Connor McCaffery already in the 2017 class. Cook becomes the first major get that didn't already have strong ties to the program.