Cavs Coach Beilein: Cook will be 'Great Addition'

Sam Amico

Rookie forward Tyler Cook was not a total unknown to the Cavaliers before signing a 10-day contract on Saturday.

For starters, Cavs coach John Beilein recruited Cook out of high school when Beilein was at Michigan. Beilein lost out to Iowa, but still became familiar with Cook as both programs play in the Big Ten.

“I have a long history with Tyler," Beilein said. "(As coach at Michigan) playing against Iowa he got us some, we got him some, and I love the kid. He’s going to be a great addition.”

Cook is 6-foot-9 and entered the 2019 draft after his junior year with the Hawkeyes. He averaged 14.5 points on 52 percent shooting for the Hawkeyes and collected 7.6 rebounds last season.

Cook suffered a sprained ankle during a pre-draft workout and went undrafted. He signed with the Denver Nuggets for summer league and and then a two-way contract for training camp.

The Nuggets released him last week. 

Cook joins undrafted rookie power forward Dean Wade (Kansas) as the Cavs' two two-way players. 

Two roster spots remain open heading into Wednesday's season-opener at the Orlando Magic.