Feb. 26, 2013
Vote For Coop!
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) has been named a finalist for the 2013 Lou Henson Award, presented annually to the top mid-major player in college basketball.
The award is named in honor of Lou Henson, who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
For the second straight year CollegeInsider.com is working with Point3 Basketball to promote the Lou Henson award "fan vote," which will constitute 33 percent of the final vote.
To vote for Cooper, fans can visit VoteLouHenson.com, where they will be directed to the POINT 3 Facebook page where voting and social sharing happens dynamically. Voting can be done either by computer or on a mobile device. Fans are permitted to vote once between now and the deadline of March 17 at midnight.
The winner of the Lou Henson Award will be presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
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 fifth in the nation in assists per game (7.6) and also leads the `Cats with 13.4 points and 2.1 steals per contest. He has led the team in assists in 24-of-27 games on the year and has posted at least 10 assists on seven 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.
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 (897), steals (315), games started (132) and games played (136). He also ranks fifth all-time at Ohio in points (1,958) and is second in 3-pointers made (252).
His 897 assists are the 13th-most in the history of Division I college basketball. He also ranks 24th on the all-time NCAA Division I steals list. Cooper is on track to become the only player in the history of Division I college basketball to post 2,000 points, 900 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals in a career.
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.
2013 Lou Henson Award Candidates
Travis Bader - Oakland
Billy Baron - Canisius
Jerrelle Benimon - Towson
Tommy Brenton - Stony Brook
Ryan Broekhoff - Valparaiso
Isaiah Canaan - Murray State
Jackie Carmichael - Illinois State
Will Cherry - Montana
Ian Clark - Belmont
Jake Cohen - Davidson
D.J. Cooper - Ohio
Matthew Dellavedova - Saint Mary's
James Ennis - Long Beach
Juan'ya Green - Niagara
Tyler Haws - BYU
Lamont Jones - Iona
Jake Odum - Indiana State
Jamal Olasewere - LIU-Brooklyn
Zeke Marshall - Akron
Ray McCallum - Detroit
Doug McDermott - Creighton
Mike Muscala - Bucknell
Augustine Rubit - South Alabama
Taylor Smith - Stephen F. Austin
Nate Wolters - South Dakota State