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The Case For Cooper

Cooper is a Cousy Award candidate this season for the third time in his career.

Jan. 4, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio -

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Senior men's basketball student-athlete D.J. Cooper has the chance to finish his Ohio University career as one of the most decorated players to ever don a Bobcats uniform.

Just take a look at some of his numbers during his time in Athens.

Cooper already ranks first all-time in school history in assists (794) and steals (281) and his 1,787 career points are fifth-most in Ohio basketball annals.

When Cooper recorded his sixth assist of the game against Massachusetts on Dec. 19, the Chicago, Ill., native passed all other players that have competed in the 67-year history of the MAC to become the conference's all-time assists leader. He is just 66 steals away from becoming the conference's all-time steals leader as well.

A three-time Cousy Award candidate (an honor given to the nation's top point guard), Cooper also was named to the Wooden Award Watch List this season - an award which is given to the nation's most outstanding player.

What's more, no player in the history of college basketball has ever recorded 2,000 points, 900 assists, 650 rebounds and 300 steals for a career. Cooper, a two-time All-MAC First Team selection, has a chance to accomplish this feat.

The 2,000 Points, 900 Assists, 650 Rebounds, 300 Steals Breakdown

In the history of college basketball, only 12 players have ever recorded 900 assists. That list is headed by names like Bobby Hurley, Chris Corchiani and Ed Cota, while also featuring Keith Jennings, Steve Blake, Tony Miller, Aaron Miles, Greg Anthony, Doug Gottlieb and Orlando Smart. Currently, Cooper has 794 assists and is just 157 assists shy of 900. At 820, Cooper will move into the top-25 all-time in NCAA Division I history in career assists.

Two players on the 900 assists list have surpassed 2,000 points. Those names are Sherman Douglas and Gary Payton. Of those two, only Payton had more than 300 steals. However, no one has ever reached 650 rebounds, until possibly this season.

To reach 2,000 points, 900 assists, 650 rebounds and 300 steals, D.J. Cooper would need to average in 35 games 11.6 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 spg during the 2012-13 season. So far this season, Cooper is averaging 14.3 ppg, 7.8 apg, 2.9 rpg and 1.7 spg.

It stands to reason, that Cooper has a legitimate shot at putting up career numbers no one has ever seen before.

To see a full list of Cooper's career honors and accomplishments, click here.