DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller has announced that redshirt junior guard Charles Cooke will place his name for consideration for the 2016 NBA Draft. Cooke will not sign with an agent.
“Charles and I have discussed the new legislation regarding the 2016 NBA Draft Combine and early entrant opportunity, and I support him entering his name into the 2016 NBA Draft,” Miller said. “This is a great opportunity for him to find out where he stands in his quest to play at the highest level. It will allow him to take advantage of the new rules and learn as much about his status as he can.”
College basketball players are permitted to declare for the draft in order to participate in workouts and get feedback on their expected draft position. Players will retain their collegiate eligibility as long as they A) Do not sign with an agent and B) remove their name from draft consideration within 10 days of the combine. That deadline this year is May 25.
In his first season at Dayton after transferring from James Madison, Cooke was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 and First Team NABD All-District 4. The Trenton, N.J. native was also named to the Atlantic 10’s All-Defensive Team and was Dayton’s co-MVP with senior Dyshawn Pierre.
Cooke led UD in scoring (15.6) and 3-point shooting (.399, 59-148), was second in rebounding (5.8) and blocked shots (38), and was third in steals (40). He scored 20 or more points 12 times in 2015-16, and led the Flyers in scoring in 18 games.
UD finished the regular season co-champions in the A-10, with a 14-4 conference record. Dayton was 25-8 overall, and reached the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season. The Flyers’ 78 wins over the last three seasons match the best three-year record in school history.
Counting Cooke, Dayton returns four starters and 10 letterwinners in 2016-17.