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Pelicans announce signing of Dayton’s Cooke

Cooke trying to become first player recruited during Archie Miller era to play in NBA

The New Orleans Pelicans announced the signing of former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke to a two-way contract Wednesday, two days after it was first reported Cooke had agreed to a contract with the Pelicans.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to the Pelicans, two-way players “will spend the majority of the year in the NBA G League, but can be called up to their NBA team for a maximum of 45 days during the season.”

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If Cooke plays in the NBA, he will be the first Dayton player recruited during the Archie Miller era (2011-17) to do so.

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).

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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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