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  D.J. Cooper

D.J. Cooper

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Seton Academy

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 176

Position:
G

03/08/2014

Ohio Sweeps Bricks Battle With 82-76 OT Win At Miami

Nick Kellogg broke Ohio's record for 3-pointers made in a career (277) and is now tied for the all-time MAC record

03/06/2014

Ohio Wraps Up Regular Season Saturday At Rival Miami

The Bobcats and RedHawks square off at noon in the Battle of the Bricks rivalry on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel/ESPN3.

02/18/2014

Ohio Hosts Rematch With Western Michigan Wednesday

The Bobcats and Broncos will face off in an important MAC battle at 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center

02/14/2014

Bobcats Battle Bulls Saturday In Western New York

Ohio and Buffalo will face off at 2:30 p.m. inside Alumni Arena.

02/11/2014

Ohio Takes On Toledo In Wednesday Rematch

The Rockets host the Bobcats at 7 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel/ESPN3

03/19/2013

Ohio vs. Denver - AP Photos

Ohio vs. Denver - AP Photos

03/16/2013

MAC Championship Game vs. Akron

MAC Championship Game vs. Akron

03/15/2013

Men's Basketball: Ohio vs.Western Michigan

Men's Basketball: Ohio vs.Western Michigan

11/16/2012

Ohio vs. UNC Wilmington

Ohio vs. UNC Wilmington

D.J. Cooper Photo Gallery

Career Honors/Accomplishments
• Only player in NCAA Division I history to post at least 2,000 career points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals
12th all-time in NCAA Division I history in career assists (934)
• 19th all-time on the NCAA Division I steals list (327)
• All-time leader at Ohio University in assists, steals, games started (139) and played (143)
• Also first in 3-pointers made (274), fourth all-time in points (2,075) at Ohio
• Posted at least 200 assists in all four seasons at Ohio; Owns top-4 single season assist marks at Ohio
• All-time MAC leader in assists; Second all time in steals
• Two-time Cousy Award Finalist (2012-13); Three-time Cousy Award Candidate (2011-13)
• 2013 AP All-America Honorable Mention
• 2013 Wooden Award Preseason Watch List
• 2013 Lou Henson Award Finalist
• 2013 Lou Henson All-America Team
• 2012 Lute Olson All-America Team
• 2011 CollegeInsider.com Mid Major All-American, College Hoops.net Honorable Mention All-American
• 2010 CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America Team
• 2013 NABC Division I District 14 First Team
• 2012 NABC District 14 Second Team pick
• 2013 MAC Player of the Year
• 2010 MAC Freshman of the Year
• 2012 MAC Tournament MVP (19.7 points, 6.7 assists in three games)
• 2013 MAC All-Tournament Team
• Three-time All-MAC First Team Selection (2011-13)
• 12-time MAC East Division Player of the Week

2012-13
AP All-America Honorable Mention...Lou Henson All-American...NABC Division I District 14 First Team...2013 MAC Player of the Year...First Team All-MAC...MAC All-Tournament Team...Lou Henson Award Finalist...Cousy Award Finalist...Wooden Award Watch List...Started all 34 games and led team in points (14.1 ppg), assists (7.1 apg) and steals (2.0 spg)...Averaged 14.8 ppg in conference play (8th in MAC)...Seventh nationally, led MAC with 7.2 apg...Five-time (12/26, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 3/10) MAC East Player of the Week...Posted at least six assists in 22 contests; 10 or more in eight games...Led the `Cats in assists in 31 of 34 games...Scored in double figures in 25-of-34 contests...Had 16 points and eight assists in win vs. St. Bonaventure (Nov. 28)...Notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists at Robert Morris (Dec. 1)...Posted 10 points and 14 assists in win over Oakland (Dec. 8)...Became MAC all-time leader in assists and finished with 23 points and 10 helpers at UMass (Dec. 19)...Broke the Ohio school record with 17 assists and added 12 points vs. Marshall on Jan. 5...Posted a game-high 21 points and seven assists vs. Buffalo (Jan. 9)...Led the `Cats with 16 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals at Miami (Jan. 23)...Registered 23 points, added five assists and recorded his 300th career steal at Kent State on Jan. 26...Broke Ohio's all-time starts record and posted 10 points and eight assists vs. Bowling Green (Feb. 9)...16 points, 10 assists and season-high five steals vs. EMU (Feb. 20)...Season-high 26 points, four assists vs. #24 Akron...Team-high 24 points (5-10 3pt FG) and five assists at Buffalo...Game-high 21 pts, 10 ast vs. WMU (March 15)...Led Ohio with 16 points at Denver in NIT First Round action (March 19).

2011-12

2012 All-MAC First Team selection ... Cousy Award Finalist ... Lute Olson All-America Team selection ... NABC Division I All-District 14 Second Team choice ... CollegeInsider.com's Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Player for 2012 ... MAC Tournament MVP after averaging 19.7 points and 6.7 assists for the Bobcats ... Broke the Ohio career mark for assists and needs one more steal to hold the Bobcat career mark in that category ... First two-time All-MAC First Team selection from Ohio since 2009 ... First consecutive first-team choice since Brandon Hunter in 2003 ...Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp invitee ... Two-time MAC Player of the Week (Dec. 12, Feb. 20) ... Led the MAC in steals and finished 15th in the nation with 2.3 per game ... Finished second in the MAC and 26th in the nation with an average of 5.7 assists per game ... Finished third in assist/turnover ratio, fourth in the league with 75 three-pointers, fifth in the MAC in scoring, sixth in minutes played and 11th in free-throw percentage ... Led Ohio in assists during 33 of its 37 games and led Ohio in scoring during 20 games this season ... Had at least two assists in every game and amassed five or more assists in 23 contests, including all six postseason games for the Green and White ... Had Ohio's first triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win at Portland ... Racked up three double-doubles on the season with 12 points and 10 assists vs. UT-Martin, 11 point and 11 assists at Marshall and 11 points and 10 assists vs. MAC regular season champion Akron ... Matched his season-high with 23 points, six assists and four steals in the MAC Championship vs. Akron ... Recorded 21 points and five assists in the NCAA Tournament victory over Michigan ... Eclipsed the 20-point mark in seven different games (21 vs. Lamar, 20 at Wright State, 22 vs. Bowling Green, 20 at Buffalo, 23 at Kent State) ... Led the team in rebounds on four occasions, grabbing five or more rebounds in 13 games ... Registered multiple steals in 25 games, including five apiece in contests vs. Portland, Kent State and Miami ... Had blocks in games against Buffalo, Miami and Central Michigan.

2010-11
A 2011 First Team All-Mid-American Conference selection ... Also tabbed a Mid-Major All-American by Collegeinsider.com and an Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-American by CollegeHoops.net ... Named All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ... Selected as the MAC's Eastern Division Player of the Week three times ... MAC Preseason Player of the Year ... Finished third in the nation in assists averaging almost eight a game and breaking his own single-season record with 263 helpers ... Had 10 or more assists in eight games this season, including a career-best 15 in a win at Akron ... Finished second in the MAC in steals, assist-to-turnover ratio, and minutes played, fifth in scoring, 11th in free-throw percentage and 15th in three-pointers made ... Had 10 points, nine assists and six rebounds in the CIT victory over Marshall ... Notched his seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 assists in the MAC Tournament contest against Ball State ... Scored his 1,000th career point in the contest with Miami ... Almost picked up the first triple-double of his career with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in Ohio's win over Akron ... Recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 assists while also recording six rebounds in a win at Kent State ... Tied for the team lead with 24 points and also added five assists for the `Cats in a win at Buffalo ... Named MAC East Player of the Week for a third time after achieving second-highest scoring game of the season with 30 points and six assists in a MAC contest at Central Michigan ... Had team-highs of 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the loss to Kent State ... Registered his fifth double-double of the season when he scored 13 points and dished out a career-high 15 assists in the MAC win at Akron ... Earned his fourth double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 assists against Miami, also added a team-high five rebounds ... Registered his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists in the win over Norfolk State ... Scored a career-high 43 points, while adding 13 assists, eight rebounds and a career-high eight steals at St. Bonaventure ... Had his third-straight 20+ point game with 29 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds against Illinois State ... Scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists in the contest against Marshall ... Named MAC East Division Player of the Week after scoring 29 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists in the win over Santa Clara ... Picked up first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 assists while also notching five rebounds in the win over Valparaiso ... Almost pulled off a quadruple-double in the contest with Oakland, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out eight assists and coming up with seven steals ... Game-high 25 points to go along with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in the opening-day win over Delaware.

2009-10
2010 MAC Freshman of the Year ... Member of the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Freshmen All-America Team ... 2010 All-MAC Honorable Mention ... Averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals against the Georgetown Hoyas and Tennessee Volunteers in the NCAA Tournament last year ... Nobody in the MAC played more minutes as he broke the school single-season record for steals (93) and assists (218) ... Led the conference with 2.5 takeaways per game and almost six assists per game ... Finished second in the league with a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio ... Finished as one of only two players to rank in the top 15 of both categories nationally ... Had 16 points with five rebounds and five assists against Lamar ... Scored 13 points and dished out 12 assists against Ohio Valley in collegiate debut, falling just short of a triple-double with seven rebounds...Had a then-career-high 18 points and four 3-pointers in the win over Illinois State ... Put up his second double-double against Eastern Kentucky ... Had season-high six three-pointers at Miami ... Had a season-high seven steals vs. Buffalo ... Had a season-high 11 rebounds at Toledo ... Posted a season-high 33 points, 11 field goals and 49 minutes at Akron ... MAC Player of the Week (Feb. 15) ... Sixth consecutive game of double-digit scoring at Kent State, averaging 18.5 points per game during that span ... Had fourth double-double against Golden Flashes ... Had 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists at Buffalo, recording his fifth double-double of the season ... Followed that up with a double-double against Bowling Green in which he didn't reach 10 points (11 assists, 10 rebounds) while also picking up seven steals ... Came close to recording a third-straight double-double when he scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out assists in MAC Tournament win at Ball State ... In the MAC Tournament Championship scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists at Buffalo, recording his fifth double-double of the season ... Followed that up with a double-double against Bowling Green in which he didn't reach 10 points (11 assists, 10 rebounds) while also picking up seven steals ... Came close to recording a third-straight double-double when he scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out assists in MAC Tournament win at Ball State ... Since Valentine's Day, Cooper is averaging 12.2 points, 6.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals ... In the MAC Tournament Championship scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists ... Scored 23 points on 8-12 shooting and tied a game-high with five three-pointers while also dishing out a game-high eight assists in the NCAA Tournament win over Georgetown.

High School
McDonald's All-America nominee ... Ranked 21st nationally among point guards in the Class of 2009 by Rivals.com, and checked in at No. 30 at the position in the ESPN ratings ... The second-ranked point guard, and the No. 12 overall recruit, in the state of Illinois in the Class of 2009 ... Finished eighth in the running for 2009 Illinois Mr. Basketball ... Named the Chicago Sun-Times' Small School Player of the Year in 2009, and was also honored on the publication's all-state team ... Earned second-team Associated Press Class 2A all-state honors in 2009 ... Also named a second-team all-state honoree by the Chicago Tribune after his final prep season ... Averaged 16 points and better than seven assists per game as a senior to lead Seton Academy to the Class 2A state title, the first state crown of any kind in the school's history .. Finished with 12 assists, nine rebounds, six points and three steals in the state final, falling just three assists shy of tying the 24-year old championship-game record ... Voted to a starting spot in the 2009 Chicago High School Classic, and responded with 15 points, three rebounds and three steals to help lead the South squad to a dramatic comeback victory ... Also selected to the 1A/2A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game ... Garnered second-team Class 2A all-state accolades from the Associated Press as a junior in 2008 ... Also named a third-team Illinois Small School All-State pick by the Chicago Sun-Times following his junior campaign ... Ranked second in scoring at the 2008 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, earning a place on the all-tournament team.

Personal
Born Dec. 6, 1990 ... Son of Donell and Dionne Cooper ... Has a sister, Dana ... Chose Ohio over Baylor, California and Kent State, among others ... A sociology major.

CAREER HIGHS
Points 43 at St. Bonaventure (December 18, 2010)
Field Goals Made 17 at St. Bonaventure (December 18, 2010)
3-Pt Field Goals Made 7 vs. Akron (March 1, 2011)
Free Throws Made 12 vs. Santa Clara (November 2, 2010)
Rebounds 11 at Toledo (February 4, 2010)
Assists 17 vs. Marshall (January 5, 2013)
Blocks 2 on four occasions (last vs. Norfolk State, December 30, 2010)
Steals 8 at St. Bonaventure (December 18, 2010)
CAREER STATISTICS
Year GP-GS Min FG-A Pct 3FG-A Pct FT-A Pct Rbs-Avg PF A BK S Pts-Avg
2009-10 37-36 35.5 156-417 .374 65-204 .319 121-158 .766 198-5.4 76 218 11 93 498-13.5
2010-11 35-32 35.7 180-471 .382 58-194 .299 134-179 .749 176-5.0 74 263 9 81 552-15.8
2011-12 37-37 32.4 162-465 .348 75-244 .307 146-196 .745 138-3.7 51 211 3 85 545-14.7
2012-13 34-34 31.6 150-354 .424 76-209 .364 104-148 .703 109-3.2 53 242 6 68 480-14.1
TOTAL 143-139 33.8 648-1707 .380 274-851 .322 505-681 .742 621-4.3 254 934 29 327 2075-14.5