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.