Tyler Cook is who people have been talking about since he committed back on September 23rd, 2015. He's the 99th rated player in our Top 100 and Iowa is getting a beast. When you consider how much Iowa loses this off-season, Cook has a really good shot at starting next season.
He's probably been the most heralded recruit Iowa has brought in since they brought in Adam Woodbury a few years back.
The Hawkeyes will likely have Cook either starting at the five spot or being one of the first guys off the bench. It's going to depend on where Dom Uhl gets slotted. If Uhl gets put at the four position, that likely puts Ahmad Wagner at the five position. If Uhl plays the three, that moves Wagner to the four, and Cook settles in at the five spot.
He isn't the biggest, but at 6'8" and 240 pounds his body is ready for the Big Ten. He plays tough down low and is about as athletic as they come. He had many highlight dunks over the course of his senior season with Chaminade College Prep in Missouri.
I haven't seen him play live, but many rave about Cook's abilities. I haven't seen much of a jump shot, but I really like his game when he turns and faces the basket. He's quick off the bounce and is athletic and strong enough to finish around the rim.
He's a good rebounder and will be able to get out and run the floor given his athletic ability. And we all know how important that is if you want to play and have success in Fran McCaffery's system.
I've been a really big fan of this kid ever since Iowa landed a commitment from him, but I don't think Hawkeye fans should have huge expectations for him in his true freshman season. There will be guys just as big and strong as he is when he gets to Iowa, so expectations shouldn't be set too high.
Although, I do expect him to have a strong true freshman season.
Look for Cook to start and play a significant role on an Iowa team that will be looking for an identity early on next season.