Jan. 16, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio – Former Ohio University men’s basketball guard D.J. Cooper continues to shine in his post-collegiate career, as the Chicago, Ill., native was named the Greek Basketball League’s MVP for the first half of the season.
Cooper is currently playing professional basketball for PAOK BC in the Greek Basket League (GBL), which is the premier professional league in Greece and one of the top-3 leagues in Europe, according to the European national basketball league rankings.
Cooper leads the league in both steals and assists. Through the first 13 games of the season, Cooper is averaging 12.8 points, 6.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. He is also shooting 86 percent (37-43) from the free throw line.
Among his impressive performances this season, Cooper totaled 22 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals when his team faced Panionios on December 14. He recorded a double-double on November 17 against Panelefsiniakos, putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds, along with two assists and two steals. On November 11, 2013, Cooper tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals against Olympiacos.
On the first day of the Eurocup, the former Bobcat made a game-winning 3-pointer with less than three seconds left to help his team beat Buducnost, 85-84, on October 15.
Cooper had a standout career while at Ohio, where he became the only player in NCAA history to record 2000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals. The 2013 MAC Player of the Year and an AP All-America selection, Cooper recorded the most assists in the history of the Mid-American Conference and is Ohio's all-time leader in assists (934), steals (327), 3-pointers made (274), games started (139) and games played (143). Cooper also ranks fourth all-time at Ohio in points (2,075).
His 934 assists are the 12th-most in the history of Division I college basketball. He also ranks 19th on the all-time NCAA Division I steals list.