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Jack Cooley - PF/C, 6'9, 245
Iowa Energy - In the D-League player pool
       Date of birth: 04/04/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2013
     Out of: Notre Dame
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2009 - 2013 Notre Dame (NCAA)
July 2013 Houston Rockets (Summer League)
July 2013 Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
August 2013 - June 2014 Trabzonspor (Turkey)
July 2014 Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
July 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers (Summer League)
August 2014 - October 2014 Utah Jazz (NBA)
October 2014 - present Idaho Stampede (D-League)

16th August, 2013 Turkey Signed a one year contract with Trabzonspor.
18th August, 2014 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed three year minimum salary contract with Utah.
22nd October, 2014 NBA Waived by Utah.
30th October, 2014 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Idaho Stampede.

From blog:

   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 1: Southwestern Region

So, that's that out of the way.

(There's also sophomore big man Jack Cooley, whose very name cannot be stated with the inevitable comparisons to Skillz Train being made simultaneously. Yes, they have the same build, and yes, they kind of look the same, if only due to the haircut. But they don't play the same. Not yet.)

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Jack Cooley

Like a smaller version of Nikola Pekovic, Cooley scores from the post and the pick-and-roll with a combination of strength and dexterity, seeking out the contact and able to finish through it. The eternal Harangody comparisons fall down when it comes to Cooley's lack of jumpshot - this, combined with his lack of speed, make it impossible to play the power forward position at the NBA level, which he rather needs to at 6'9. Defensively, there's not a matchup that he projects well against, except maybe Chuck Hayes. Nevertheless, his rebounding rate is prolific, and that, combined with his ability to consistently make shots within 10 feet and from the foul line, is a good combination.

Unfortunately, the "smaller" qualifier there is doing quite a bit of work in that sentence. Pekovic is a horse who can do all this against the biggest and the best, while Cooley, you would assume, isn't. And while rebounding tends to translate better than anything else, it's up for debate whether Cooley's athletic disadvantages would prevent that happening here. Summer league will be a good barometer for him.

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