April 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University senior guard D.J. Cooper was named an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention Monday.
Cooper is just the fourth All-American in Ohio history and the second to earn Associated Press honors. The last Ohio player to garner Associated Press accolades was Gary Trent, who was named honorable mention in 1995.
Cooper is one of 40 Division I players to earn honorable mention accolades and is the only Mid-American Conference student-athlete to receive the honor.
“I’m very happy for D.J., as this honor is very much deserved,” head coach Jim Christian said. “It’s a testament to his hard work throughout the year. We’ve said all season that he’s one of the best players in the country and this honor makes that very clear.”
The accolades continue to roll in for Cooper, who was named a Lou Henson All-American and an NABC District 14 All-District pick last week. The Chicago, Ill., native earned MAC Player of the Year accolades on March 11 and also was selected to the All-MAC First Team for the third-consecutive season.
One of the most decorated players in the history of Ohio men's basketball, Cooper recently wrapped up an outstanding senior season with the Bobcats. The Chicago, Ill., native ranked eighth in the nation in assists per game (7.1) and led the `Cats with 14.1 points and 2.0 steals per contest. He led the team in assists in 31-of-34 games on the year and posted at least 10 assists on eight 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 (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. Cooper is 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.
AP All-America Teams
Trey Burke, Michigan
Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Shane Larkin, Miami
Ben McLemore, Kansas
DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Russ Smith, Louisville
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Kyle Barone, Idaho; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Anthony Bennett, UNLV; Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook; Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia; Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse; Ian Clark, Belmont; Jake Cohen, Davidson.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame; D.J. Cooper, Ohio; Allen Crabbe, California; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Seth Curry, Duke; Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's; Gorgui Dieng, Louisville; James Ennis, Long Beach State; Chris Flores, NJIT; Jamal Franklin, San Diego State.
Ian Hummer, Princeton; Colton Iverson, Colorado State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Kareem Jamar, Montana; Lamont Jones, Iona; Ray McCallum, Detroit; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Erik Murphy, Florida (1 first-team vote); Mike Muscala, Bucknell.
Stan Okoye, VMI; Jamal Olasewere, LIU Brooklyn; Phil Pressey, Missouri; Augustine Rubit, South Alabama; Peyton Siva, Louisville (1); Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin; Omar Strong, Texas Southern; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Khalif Wyatt, Temple.