Hallice Cooke closer to moving to Iowa State?

Oregon State transfer guard Hallice Cooke visited Iowa State last weekend, and by all accounts, the incoming sophomore feels extremely positive about the program.

Cooke specifically talked about head coach Fred Hoiberg, telling reporters, “He is a really down to earth guy. You can tell that he is a player’s coach. All of the players talk positively about him.”Iowa State

A former Cyclone who made it to the NBA, Hoiberg experienced the up-tempo, high-scoring tempo of the pros and has made it his philosophy as a college coach. As a player himself, Hoiberg knows high scoring is what all players want to experience, and he understands his kids’ mentality. It makes him an accessible and approachable coach, a mentor. It has to stand as a major enticement to transfers exploring other schools.

For Cooke, Hoiberg and Iowa State’s past few seasons of prolific scoring have to warrant interest from the sharpshooter.

“[Hoiberg] talked a lot about my shot and play-making ability,” Cooke said. “We talked about what it would be like for me to play with Monte (Morris) and Naz (Long) and stuff like that. We could be a really deep team if that happens.”

Morris, who has already been slated as a point guard to watch, showcased his incredible passing and shooting abilities last season. Long is already a dependable three point shooter, and a clutch one at that (see game at Oklahoma State). With Cooke another option to throw in there, opposing defenses are going to have to be extremely quick to the perimeter to contest any shot. Otherwise, the Iowa State Cyclones are going to tear teams to shreds from downtown.

Cooke has several other schools to visit, including St. Joe’s and Dayton. He might also schedule visits to Rutgers and Creighton, but judging from Cooke’s comments, his visit to Iowa State is going to be hard to top.

I do not want to jinx anything, but the Iowa State Cyclones could get another commit in Hallice Cooke very soon.