Tyler Cook isn’t going to Missouri.
Iowa’s star forward was the subject of some rumors that he’d transfer from the Hawkeyes to the program from his home state, though it’s unclear whether those rumors got any further than a few message board posts.
He cleared the air on Friday, one day after Iowa’s season-ending loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.
I have no desire to transfer to Missouri. I have nothing but love and respect for that program and the people there, but going to Mizzou was never the plan. God Bless
— Tyler Cook (@iamtc5) March 2, 2018
Cook’s statement doesn’t mention Iowa, so it’s still not a guarantee he’ll be back in Iowa City for the 2018-19 season. But this does remove one option for his future. Missouri was the only team rumored to be in contention for his services as a transfer, so there’s nothing pointing toward Cook transferring elsewhere at this time. The NBA draft is another possibility for him. Cook can declare for the draft and run through drills at the NBA combine before withdrawing his name and returning to Iowa if he chooses, so long as he doesn’t hire an agent first.
Here’s what he had to say to reporters in the locker room right after Iowa’s loss to Michigan:
Reporter: “What’s next for Tyler Cook?”
Cook: “I can’t really answer that one right now. I’m obviously disappointed right now. I’ll take some time off, take care of my body and see what’s next.”
Reporter: “Will you be back with the Hawkeyes next year?”
Cook: “Only God knows.”
Reporter: “Will you test the NBA?
Cook: “I can’t really answer that right now. I’ll relax, debrief a bit.”