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Former Flyer makes debut for NBA’s Pelicans

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 10:52 PM
By: David Jablonski

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke scored three points for the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday in the team’s first exhibition game of the 2017-18 season.

Cooke, who signed a two-way contract with the Pelicans in July, played the last six minutes of the fourth quarter. He made 1 of 4 shots from the field and missed both of his 3-point attempts. The Pelicans lost 113-109 to the Bulls in New Orleans.

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The Pelicans play their second exhibition game Friday at Oklahoma City. Cooke’s two-way contract means he will spend most of the season in the NBA G League. The Pelicans’ G League team likely will play in Pensacola, Fla.

In an interview with Pelicans.com in September, Cooke talked about the disappointment of not being drafted.

“I was definitely hoping to be drafted. I knew I was listed on some (mock drafts),” Cooke said. “When I wasn’t, it wasn’t a major disappointment. I mean, there was some of that feeling, but I knew I’d still have my opportunity and a chance to prove my worth.”