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Jack Cooley
C - 6'10, 274lbs - 33 years old - 2 years of NBA experience
Signed in Japan - Signed with Ryukyu Golden Kings
  • Birthdate: 04/12/1991
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2013
  • Pre-draft team: Notre Dame
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Ben Pensack (Pensack Sports)
16th August, 2013TurkeySigned a one year contract with Trabzonspor.
18th August, 2014NBASigned a partially guaranteed three year minimum salary contract with Utah.
22nd October, 2014NBAWaived by Utah.
30th October, 2014D-LeagueDesignated as an allocated player by Idaho Stampede.
24th February, 2015NBASigned a 10 day contract with Utah.
6th March, 2015D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Idaho Stampede.
16th March, 2015NBASigned a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2016 with Utah.
13th October, 2015NBAWaived by Utah.
17th October, 2015NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Cleveland.
23rd October, 2015NBAWaived by Cleveland.
16th November, 2015D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Idaho Stampede.
4th December, 2015D-LeagueWaived by Idaho Stampede.
4th December, 2015SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Unicaja Malaga.
5th August, 2016GermanySigned a one year contract with MHP Ludwigsburg.
2nd February, 2017D-LeagueReturning player rights traded by Salt Lake City Stars, along with a 2017 fourth round pick, to Reno Bighorns in exchange for Chane Behanan.
28th July, 2017NBA/G-LeagueSigned a two-way contract with Sacramento/Reno Bighorns.
27th July, 2018ItalySigned a one year contract with Dinamo Sassari.
Career Moves
2009 - 2013Notre Dame (NCAA)
July 2013Houston Rockets (Summer League)
July 2013Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
August 2013 - June 2014Trabzonspor (Turkey)
July 2014Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
July 2014Cleveland Cavaliers (Summer League)
August 2014 - October 2014Utah Jazz (NBA)
October 2014 - February 2015Idaho Stampede (D-League)
February 2015 - March 2015Utah Jazz (NBA)
March 2015Idaho Stampede (D-League)
March 2015 - October 2015Utah Jazz (NBA)
October 2015Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
November 2015 - December 2015Idaho Stampede (D-League)
December 2015 - June 2016Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
July 2016Chicago Bulls (Summer League)
August 2016 - June 2017Ludwigsburg (Germany)
July 2017Sacramento Kings (Summer League)
July 2017 - June 2018Sacramento Kings (NBA)/Reno Bighorns (G-League)
July 2018Phoenix Suns (Summer League)
July 2018 - presentDinamo Sassari (Italy)
Articles about Jack Cooley

July 8, 2013

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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March 15, 2011

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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