One of Oregon State’s upcoming talents from last season, point guard Hallice Cooke, is looking to transfer somewhere else. Iowa State could be a candidate.Feb 16, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers guard Hallice Cooke (3) dribbles the ball against the Oregon Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune reports that the Cyclone men’s basketball team is involved with Cooke’s decision.
Don’t know if it’s out there yet but Iowa State expected be one of the teams involved with Oregon State transfers Hallice Cooke, per source
— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) April 24, 2014
Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop also lists Davidson, Auburn, Dayton, Butler, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Creighton, Rutgers, and others.
The sophomore will have to sit out next season if he does transfer, losing a year of eligibility, and will be eligible in 2015. Cooke checks in at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds.
The guard averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists (1.6 turnovers) last season with the Beavers, averaging 26.3 minutes per game. One really positive note if he does end up with the Cyclones — he hit 41-of-90 field goals from downtown.
Cooke’s departure puts Oregon State in a bleak situation. After stepping up in a big way from two years ago when they finished last in the Pac-12, they will lose their top five scorers if Cooke is gone heading into next season.