Cooper ranks third in the country with 8.4 assists per game this season.
Jan. 10, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Ohio University senior guard D.J. Cooper has been named as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award for the second-straight season.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy (Holy Cross), recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball.
“All 20 of these young men represent strong values of skill, determination and teamwork, all characteristics that made Mr. Cousy the iconic leader that he was,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award committee. “These young men are certainly deserving of this acknowledgement. We look forward to continuing the selection process and seeing all of the players compete for this highly respected award.”
An original list of 80 nominees was trimmed to 60 in December, and then 20 based on today’s announcement. The current list of finalists will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February and then down to five players by early March. The winner will be announced as part of the NCAA Final Four weekend in Atlanta, Ga., this spring.
Cooper, one of the most decorated players in the history of Ohio men’s basketball, is in the midst of a stellar senior season for the Bobcats. The Chicago, Ill., native ranks third in the nation in assists per game (8.4) and leads the ‘Cats with 14.6 points and 1.8 steals per contest. He has led the team in assists in 13-of-15 games on the year and has posted at least 10 assists on six occasions.
On Jan. 5 against Marshall, Cooper broke the Ohio single-game school record with 17 assists and tied the MAC all-time mark for assists in a game. A 2013 John R. Wooden Award preseason nominee, Cooper was named MAC East Division Player of the Week on Dec. 26 and Jan. 7. He has contributed 42.9 percent (126-294) of the team's assists this season.
For his career, Cooper has recorded the most assists in the history of the Mid-American Conference and is Ohio’s all-time leader in assists (818) and steals (286). He also ranks fifth all-time at Ohio in points (1,814), third in 3-pointers (231) and second in games started (120). With just two more assists, he will move into the top-25 on the NCAA Division I career assists list.
A two-time All-MAC First Team selection and the 2012 MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, Cooper has garnered All-America recognition from multiple outlets in his career, including CollegeInsider.com (2011, 2012) and CollegeHoops.net (2011). He was named to the Lute Olson All-America Team in 2012.
Recent winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A&M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year’s recipient, Kendall Marshall (North Carolina). For more information on the 2013 Bob Cousy Award, visit www.CousyAward.com.
2013 Bob Cousy Award Candidates
Jahii Carson – Arizona State University
Pierre Jackson – Baylor University
Quinn Cook – Duke University
Kevin Pangos – Gonzaga University
Keith Appling – Michigan State University
Isaiah Canaan – Murray State University
Kendall Williams – New Mexico
Lorenzo Brown – North Carolina State University
Aaron Craft – The Ohio State University
D.J. Cooper – Ohio University
Marcus Smart – Oklahoma State University
Nate Wolters – South Dakota State University
Michael Carter-Williams – Syracuse University
Mark Lyons – University of Arizona
Ray McCallum Jr. – University of Detroit-Mercy
Peyton Siva – University of Louisville
Trey Burke – University of Michigan
Andre Hollins – University of Minnesota
Phil Pressey – University of Missouri
Erick Green – Virginia Tech University