Iowa State men’s basketball: Hallice Cooke to undergo surgery


Iowa State men’s basketball guard Hallice Cooke will be having surgery on lingering injuries in his hips.

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According to Cyclone Sidebar, Cooke will have “surgery that will repair cartilage tears in both hips.”

"Cooke will head to New York City for a surgery that will repair cartilage tears in both hips. Cooke, who is sitting out the 2014-15 season after transferring to ISU from Oregon State, will have surgery on one hip Monday and the other four weeks later."

Because the injuries have been an issue for a while, it makes sense to take care of the problem during his forced year out due to the NCAA transfer rule instead of it coming up in a future season.

The source says that it was Cooke’s decision and it will be up to eight months for a full recovery.

Cooke played his freshman season at Oregon State, but wanted out when all the top talent graduated or went to the NBA. Because he wanted to play for a national title contender, he packed his bags and headed to Iowa State. He will be using his redshirt during the transfer year, so he will still have three years of eligibility beginning next season.

It’s a great move by the former freshman to take care of the surgery while he sits out. Hopefully his recovery goes smoothly.

For more information on Cooke, check out our player preview on him that was posted earlier this month. Also check out the source, Cyclone Sidebar, which also has write-ups on Big 12 point guards and ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg hanging out with the Iowa State squad.