April 1, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio -
Ohio sophomore guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill./Seton Academy) was recently named an All-American by online publications CollegeInsider.com and CollegeHoops.net.
A 2011 First Team All-Mid-American Conference selection, Cooper was also tabbed a Mid-Major All-American by Collegeinsider.com and an Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-American by CollegeHoops.net.
This past season, Cooper helped lead the Bobcats to their third postseason appearance in four years. He finished third in the nation in assists averaging almost eight a game and breaking his own single-season record with 263 helpers. He had 10 or more assists in eight games this season, including a career-best 15 in a win at Akron. He has 481 career assists, third most all-time at Ohio (Dennis Whitaker '90 - 651), and 174 steals, fourth all-time (Sonny Troutman '07 - 259).
Cooper finished second in the league in steals, fourth in scoring and racked up seven double-doubles for Ohio this season. He has a very good chance at becoming only the fifth player in Bobcat history to reach 2,000 points (Dave Jamerson, Paul Graham, Gary Trent and Brandon Hunter) after hitting the 1,000-point plateau in just his second season. He currently ranks 29th all-time with 1,050 points.
Cooper, who was also named All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was named the MAC's Eastern Division Player of the Week three times this season and was named the Preseason Player of the Year by the league after being named the 2010 MAC Freshman of the Year.
Ohio's 41 wins over the past two seasons are its most since the 94-95 campaigns and the Bobcats are one of three MAC teams to have one or fewer losing seasons since 2004. The Green & White also achieved their first winning record in true road games since 2002. They have 17 wins away from The Convo the last two years.