Dayton’s Cooke signs with Pelicans

Former Flyer had impressive showing in NBA Summer League

Charles Cooke, the leading scorer for the Dayton Flyers the past two seasons, has agreed to a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday.

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A two-way contract allows players to play up to 45 days in the NBA. They will spend most of the season in the NBA G League (formerly the D League). NBA expanded rosters from 15 to 17 for the 2017-18 season. Each team can have two two-way players.

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According to the G-League, "Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons."

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Cooke played two seasons at James Madison, sat out the 2014-15 season after transferring to Dayton and played two seasons with Dayton. He finished his college career in March with 1,570 points (957 with the Flyers).

Cooke was not drafted in June but worked out for a number teams and played with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League. He averaged 10 points in five games.

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