Tyler Cook leads loaded group of bigs in Prime Time League draft

Matthew Bain
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — There were no surprises in Wednesday night's Prime Time League draft. Certainly not at the top, at least.

Iowa forward Tyler Cook (5) walks off the court with teammate Jordan Bohannon (3) after a first-round game in the NIT college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 87-75.

Hawkeye forward Tyler Cook was the No. 1 overall pick in eastern Iowa's top summer basketball league. Nicholas Baer went No. 2 and Jordan Bohannon went No. 3. Wyatt Lohaus was the first Northern Iowa player off the board at No. 4. And Hawkeyes Jack Nunge and Ahmad Wagner rounded out the top six.

Cook highlights an especially loaded summer class of post players.

"I think it's going to be fascinating to see the competition among the bigs," said PTL director Randy Larson, who created the league 31 years ago. "Because you've got guys that are proud to be starters. We've got guys like Tyler Cook that think, 'I want to get as many minutes as I can get.' And we've got incoming guys that have high credentials.

"This year, I think you could be one of eight big guys that think there's a chance of getting significant minutes." 

In all, 49 current, former or aspiring college basketball players were drafted to PTL's six teams. Each team has two Hawkeyes and two Panthers. Iowa's Cordell Pemsl and UNI's Austin Phyfe and Miles Wentzien won't play because of injuries. And Connor McCaffery will focus on baseball for Iowa City West this summer.

Games will be played from June 18-July 23 in North Liberty and Waterloo.

Larson said he'll still take new players on a case-by-case basis, and that anybody interested should contact him as soon as possible.


Team #1: Marion Iron Company (Coach: Kevin Sanders)

Tyler Cook, Iowa

Dom Uhl, Iowa

Juwan McCloud, Northern Iowa

Hunter Rhodes, Northern Iowa

Niko Gosnell, Lone TreeHS/Kirkwood CC

Tra’von Fagan, Cedar Falls HS/Tyler CC

Trevon Montgomery, ex-Pleasant Valley HS

Aaron Lyons, ex-Buena Vista

Matt Coiner, ex-Bettendorf HS

Team #2 Culver's (Coach: Ron Nove)

Nicholas Baer, Iowa

Isaiah Moss, Iowa

Bennett Koch, Northern Iowa

Tywhon Pickford, Northern Iowa

A.J. Green, Cedar Falls HS

Joshua Carter, Dubuque Wahlert HS/Highland CC

Tim Loan, ex-Briar Cliff

Dadrian Hoambrecker, Iowa City West HS

Team #3 L.L. Pelling (Coach: Jordan O'Neil)

Jordan Bohannon, Iowa

Isaiah Brown, Northern Iowa

Ryan Kriener, Iowa

Ted Friedman, Northern Iowa

Seybian Sims, Iowa City West HS

Jake Hughes, ex-Upper Iowa

Harley Shear, ex-Anoka Ramsey CC

Jonny Dahl, ex-John Wood CC

Team #4 Westport Touchless Autowash (Coach: Ray Swetalla)

Wyatt Lohaus, Northern Iowa

Maishe Dailey, Iowa

Luka Garza, Iowa

Luke McDonnell, Northern Iowa

Matt Mims, Cedar Rapids Xavier HS

Bryan Forbes, ex-Briar Cliff

Michael Baer, ex-Bettendorf HS

Jason Capper, St. Ambrose

Team #5 Vinton Merchants (Coach: Randy Larson)

Jack Nunge, Iowa

Klint Carlson Northern Iowa

Brady Ellingson, Iowa

Adam McDermott, Northern Iowa

Jake Timm, ex-Coe

Kingsley Botchway, ex-D.W. Daniel HS, South Carolina

Ross Westemeyer, ex-Regina HS

Brant DeMeulenaere, Kirkwood

Team #6 The Jill Armstrong Team Skogman Realty (Coach: Dan Ahrens)

Ahmad Wagner, Iowa

Christian Williams, Iowa

Spencer Haldeman, Northern Iowa

Kendall Jacks, Wayne State

Jordan Ashton, ex-Northern Iowa

Tanner Lohaus, Northern Iowa

Zach Schlabaugh, Coe

Amel Kuljuhovik, Lakeland CC


Sunday, June 18 (North Liberty)

3:00 Jones gym - Marion Iron vs. Culver's
3:00 Roberts gym - L.L. Pelling vs. The Jill Armstrong
4:30 Roberts gym - Westport vs. Vinton

Thursday, June 22 (Waterloo)

6:00 SportsPlex - L.L. Pelling vs. Westport
6:00 SportsPlex - Marion Iron vs. The Jill Armstrong
7:30 SportsPlex - Culver's vs. Vinton

Sunday, June 25 (North Liberty)

3:00 Jones gym - Westport vs. The Jill Armstrong
3:00 Roberts gym - Culver's vs. L.L. Pelling
4:30 Roberts gym - Marion Iron vs. Vinton

Thursday, June 29 (Waterloo)

6:00 SportsPlex - Marion Iron vs. Westport
6:00 SportsPlex - L.L. Pelling vs. Vinton
7:30 SportsPlex - Culver's vs. The Jill Armstrong

Sunday, July 9 (North Liberty)

3:00 Jones gym - Vinton vs. The Jill Armstrong
3:00 Roberts gym - Marion Iron vs. L.L. Pelling
4:30 Roberts gym - Culver's vs. Westport

Thursday, July 13 (North Liberty)

6:00 Jones gym - Marion Iron vs. Culver's
6:00 Roberts gym - L.L. Pelling vs. The Jill Armstrong
7:30 Roberts gym - Westport vs. Vinton

Sunday, July 16 - Playoffs (North Liberty)

1st and 2nd place teams will have byes
4th place team vs. 5th place team, 3:00, Jones Gym
​3rd place team vs. 6th place team, 4:30, Jones Gym

Thursday, July 23 - Semifinals (Waterloo)

1st place team plays winner of the 4th place vs. 5th place game, 6:00, SportsPlex
2nd place team plays winner of 3rd place vs 6th place game, 7:30, SportsPlex

Sunday July 23 - Championship (North Liberty)

7:00, Jones Gym

Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at mbain@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBain_.