Charles Cooke will forgo NBA Draft, coming back to Dayton

CBS Sports reported on Tuesday that Dayton junior Charles Cooke will withdraw from the NBA Draft and come back to Dayton for his senior season. The new rule change allows players to test the waters by participating in the combines and one team tryout before deciding if they want to keep their names in the draft. Cooke used this change to test the system before deciding to come back to school for one more season.

The Flyers have to be ecstatic to have Cooke back, as he’ll give the Flyers a huge edge in the Atlantic 10 Conference next season. The only key scorer that Dayton will lose is Dyshawn Pierre; Kendall Pollard, Scoochie Smith, Kyle Davis, and Darrell Davis will all be back at it next year along with Charles Cooke.

Cooke led the Flyers at 15.6 points per game last season and will look to take on an even bigger role as a senior. He’s also the best returning rebounder after he pulled in 5.8 boards per game last season. With Charles Cooke back in the picture, Dayton has a very legitimate chance to win the A-10 regular season and conference titles next season. Look for this team to make it back to the NCAA Tournament and have the chance to make a deep run in March.

Grant Labedz is a college basketball superfan who loves the entire sport but definitely has favorites in the A-10 and the Big Ten. He has written for ...