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Iowa forward Tyler Cook discusses his offseason plan after his sophomore year ended at the Big Ten Tournament. Chad Leistikow/The Register

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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."

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.”

 

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