March 11, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – Senior guard D.J Cooper was named to the All-MAC First Team, while fellow seniors Reggie Keely and Walter Offutt earned All-MAC Third Team accolades, the league announced Monday. The teams were voted on by the Mid-American Conference’s head coaches.
Cooper, a 2013 Cousy and Lou Henson Award Finalist, garnered first team honors for the third-consecutive season. The Chicago, Ill., native ranks sixth in the nation in assists per game (7.2) this season and also leads the `Cats with 14.2 points (14.8 ppg in MAC contests) and 2.1 steals per contest.
He has led the team in assists in 28-of-31 games on the year and has posted at least 10 assists on seven occasions.
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 (914), steals (323), 3-pointers made (267), games started (136) and games played (140). He also ranks fourth all-time at Ohio in points (2,035).
His 914 assists are the 12th-most in the history of Division I college basketball. He also ranks t-20th on the all-time NCAA Division I steals list. Cooper is the only player in the history of Division I college basketball to post at least 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals in a career.
Keely receives All-MAC honors for the first time in his Ohio career. The University Heights, Ohio, native ranks second on the Bobcats this season with a career-best 11.9 points per game and has upped his average to 13.6 ppg in conference play.
His .616 field goal percentage ranks second in the Mid-American Conference this season. He notched a career-best 24 points against Toledo on Jan. 19.
Keely has posted at least 10 points in 21-of-31 games this season and at least 20 points in four contests. He has led the Bobcats in rebounding 10 times on the year and is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game this season.
Offutt was named to the All-MAC Third Team after receiving honorable mention accolades last season.
The Indianapolis, Ind., native is third on the Bobcats with 10.9 points per game this season and also has recorded 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.
He is Ohio’s leader on the defensive end of the floor and ranks 10th in the MAC with 1.3 steals per contest. The Bobcats are 11-2 when he makes at least two steals this season.
Offutt has posted at least 10 points in 18 of 31 games this season and has led the team in scoring on eight occasions. He has converted on 79-of-98 free throw attempts on the year and his .806 free throw percentage is sixth-best in the MAC.
As the No. 2 seed, the Bobcats have earned a double bye into the semifinals of the MAC Tournament. Ohio will play Friday (March 15) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The semifinal game will be televised on STO/ESPN3 and will tip at 9 p.m.
All-MAC First Team
Zeke Marshall, C, Akron
Javon McCrea, F, Buffalo
Chris Evans, W/F, Kent State
Rian Pearson, G, Toledo
D.J. Cooper, G, Ohio
All-MAC Second Team
Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell, F, Akron
Jauwan Scaife, G, Ball State
A'uston Calhoun, F, Bowling Green
Kyle Randall, G, Central Michigan
Shayne Whittington, F/C, Western Michigan
All-MAC Third Team
Majok Majok, F, Ball State
Randal Holt, G, Kent State
Walter Offutt, G, Ohio
Reggie Keely, F, Ohio
Julius "Juice" Brown, G, Toledo
Alex Abreu, G, Akron
Jordon Crawford, G, Bowling Green
Glenn Bryant, F, Eastern Michigan
Will Felder, F, Miami
Nate Hutcheson, F, Western Michigan
MAC All-Freshman Team
Jake Kretzer, G/F, Akron
Jarryn Skeete, G, Buffalo
Chris Fowler, G, Central Michigan
Nathan Boothe, C, Toledo
Darius Paul, F, Western Michigan
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