After putting together a solid freshman season at Oregon State, guard Hallice Cooke made the decision to transfer and ultimately wound up joining Fred Hoiberg’s program at Iowa State. Transfers have been successful under Hoiberg, and the expectation is that Cooke will be next in line when he’s allowed to play in games next season.
However while the redshirt season would normally be used by a player to hone their skills and get acclimated to a new program and campus, Cooke will be using his to get healthy.
Thursday it was reported that Cooke will undergo surgery on both hips in order to address issues he’s had to deal with in the past. One of the hips will be operated on Monday in New York City, with the other being taken care of four weeks later. The estimated recovery time for Cooke is anywhere from six to eight months.
Cooke averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game at Oregon State last season, moving into the starting lineup during Pac-12 play. Next season he’ll join a perimeter rotation that should include returnees such as Monte Morris, Matt Thomas and Naz Long, with first-year players Clayton Custer and Sherron Dorsey-Walker (junior college transfers) also having eligibility remaining beyond the 2014-15 campaign.
Ames, Iowa becomes a destination for yet another transfer.
Hallice Cooke, who spent a year at Oregon State before deciding to leave the program on April 21, is the latest transfer to commit to Iowa State. He made the announcement through his Instagram page on Monday night.
Cooke averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Beavers.
This is the second transfer Fred Hoiberg has lured to Iowa State this spring. Back in mid-April, UNLV’s top scorer Bryce Dejean-Jones decided to play for the Cyclones in his final season. Dejean-Jones is eligible to play next season granted he graduated.
The two transfer guards join JuCo transfer forwards Darien Williams and Jameel McKay, a former Marquette commit, in the Cyclones’ incoming class. Hoiberg has also earned pledges from point guard Clay Cluster and Greek 7-footer Giorgos Tsalmpouris, both members of the Class of 2014.
Cooke will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He has three years left.
Oregon State took a big blow on Monday afternoon as freshman guard Hallice Cooke decided to transfer from the Pac-12 program, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The news of Cooke’s transfer was first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.
Cooke averaged 8.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Beavers in his freshman season and the 6-foot-3 guard also shot an impressive 45 percent from the field and 45 percent from the three-point line.
Oregon State has already lost junior forward Eric Moreland to the 2014 NBA Draft this offseason and the team’s three leading scorers — Roberto Nelson, Devon Collier and Angus Brandt — all graduated.
That means the team’s top five returning scorers are all departing and sophomore guard Langston Morris-Walker is Oregon State’s leading returning scorer at four points per game.
The Beavers will have an uphill battle as they look to rebuild heading into next season.