Former Dayton guard Charles Cooke has signed a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves after going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Hayes.
Cooke played the final two years of college at Dayton after transferring from James Madison following his sophomore year. He averaged 15.8 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game last season. He also played an integral role in leading the Flyers to their first two conference regular season championships in program history.
Cooke will have a legitimate chance to earn a roster spot on a Timberwolves team that currently lacks depth in the back court; he is an excellent three-point shooter who shot close to 40 percent from beyond the arc each of the last two seasons.
Cooke’s lackluster performance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament against Wichita State may have been a factor in his going undrafted, as that is really the time where mid-major players have a chance to make a name for themselves. While it may not have hurt his stock, Cooke did miss an opportunity, posting just six points on 1-10 shooting from the field in the Flyers’ 64-58 first-round loss.