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Hallice Cooke’s career cut short by heart condition


There hasn’t been any shortage of setbacks during Hallice Cooke‘s college basketball career. First, he battled hip injuries that forced him to have double-hip surgery during his redshirt season at Iowa State.

Last season, he dealt with numerous issues that kept him off the floor, including a one-game suspension early in conference play. That led to him leaving Iowa State for Nevada as a transfer during the offseason.

On Friday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Cooke’s college career would be cut short due to an undisclosed heart issue.

Cooke solidified himself as one of the top freshmen in the country when he averaged 8.2 points per game and 45.6 percent from behind-the-arc in 2013-14 at Oregon State.

He left the Beavers following that season and was one of the final roster additions of the Fred Hoiberg era at Iowa State.

He played in 32 games this past year for the Cyclones scoring 2.6 points per game and shooting 36.5 percent from 3-point range. His best game came against Arkansas-Pine Bluff when scored 11 points and knocked down three 3-pointers.

The Union City, N.J., native will stay with the Wolfpack as a student assistant for the 2016-17 season.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.