It has been nearly a month since Oregon State guard Hallice Cooke announced his intention to transfer from the program, but on Sunday, he landed safely with a high-profile program in joining Fred Hoiberg and the Iowa State Cyclones.
Iowa State officially announces the addition of Oregon State transfer Hallice Cooke.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 20, 2014
Ironically, Cooke’s final decision was announced just after Oregon State hired a new head coach in Montana’s Wayne Tinkle, but the writing was on the wall for Cooke’s exit long before that. Unfortunately for Hoiberg and the Cyclones, Cooke will be sidelined for the entirety of the 2014-2015 season as a result of NCAA transfer rules, but when he becomes eligible, ISU will have a very nice player at their disposal.
As a freshman with the Beavers, the 6-foot-3 Cooke averaged 8.2 points per game (including 45.6% from 3-point range) and his shot-making could be put to great use in Hoiberg’s scheme. Iowa State has become “transfer U” in recent years, but they have found a way to make it work in a big way, punctuated by a deep run through the NCAA Tournament this season.
It will be interesting to see what role Cooke will play when he becomes eligible, but Oregon State’s loss is Iowa State’s gain.