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Tyler Cook takes to Twitter: 'No desire to transfer to Missouri'

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

NEW YORK — Tyler Cook's basketball future may not be at Iowa, but it definitely won't be at a rumored Southeastern Conference school closer to his hometown of St. Louis.

A day after his sophomore season at Iowa ended, Cook on Friday took to Twitter to diffuse speculation that he would leave the Hawkeyes in order to transfer to Missouri.

"Going to Mizzou was never the plan," he tweeted. "God Bless."

Feb 28, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Tyler Cook (5) drives to the basket against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Aaron Jordan (23) and forward Kipper Nichols (2) and forward Leron Black (12) during the second half of a first round game of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, Cook was non-committal to a question about whether he would return to the Hawkeyes next season: "Only God knows."

He added that he would take time after a difficult 14-19 Hawkeye season to evaluate his next steps. The most likely option would be to turn pro, or at least test the NBA waters, after a season in which the 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward became the first Hawkeye sophomore in 23 years to reach 500 points.

If Cook decides to get an NBA evaluation without hiring an agent, he would have until June 11 to withdraw his name from the draft and maintain college eligibility.

“I’ve got some good people in my corner that’ll help me think through things,” he said Thursday. “We’ll figure it out at a later date.”