Iowa Hawkeyes Standout Tyler Cook In The Spotlight On The College Hardwood

University of Iowa junior Tyler Cook was named Tuesday to the 11-player All-District VI team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Cook’s honor marks the fifth time is six seasons that a Hawkeye has garnered all-district recognition.

Cook, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team on Monday by the media and third team by the coaches, ranks third in the league in free throws attempted per game (6.41).

He’s sixth in rebounding (8.1), ninth in field goal percentage (.534), and tied for 11th in scoring (15.0).

Cook (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) is one of only two Big Ten student-athletes this season to average at least 15 points and eight rebounds per game (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ).

Cook is one of only nine players in program history to total more than 1,200 points and 600 rebounds.

The native of St. Louis, Missouri, has posted a team-best six double-doubles this season and is one of 15 players in Iowa history to record at least 15 career double-doubles.

He recorded at least 15 points and five rebounds over a 10-game span from Nov. 30 to Jan. 12, becoming the first Hawkeye to accomplish the feat since James Winters 25 years ago (1993-94).

The junior forward was named to the 2K Empire Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds in wins over Oregon and Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Joining Cook on the 11-player all-district squad are Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton); Barry Brown (Kansas State); Mike Daum (South Dakota State); Devon Dotson (Kansas);

Christian James (Oklahoma); Dedric Lawson (Kansas); Nick McGlynn (Drake); James Palmer, Jr. (Nebraska); Marial Shayok (Iowa State); Dean Wade (Kansas State).

Iowa (21-10, 10-10) will open play in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday against either 11th-seed Illinois (11-20, 7-13) or 14th-seeded Northwestern (13-18, 4-16).

Game time is approximately 8:30 p.m. (CT) at the United Center in Chicago.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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