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Cooper Impresses At Portsmouth Invitational

Cooper averaged 11.7 points during the Portsmouth Invitational

April 14, 2013

Portsmouth Invitational Website

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University senior guard D.J. Cooper continued his string of impressive performances in preparation for the NBA Draft this past week at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, Va.

The Portsmouth Invitational features 64 of the nation’s top college basketball seniors in an eight-team, four-day tournament format. Scouts and front office staff from a number of NBA teams were on hand throughout the event.

Cooper, an AP All-America Honorable Mention, averaged 11.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in three contests with his team, Norfolk Sports Club. Cooper tied for first among all competitors with 22 assists and ranked fourth in assist/turnover ratio (3.1).

The Chicago, Ill., native also was third amongst all participants with nine 3-pointers made and shot 39.1 percent from beyond the arc for the tournament.

Cooper’s best game came on Saturday (April 13), when the senior just missed out on recording a triple-double. In 35 minutes on the floor, Cooper posted 20 points (6-10 3pt FG), distributed a game-high 10 assists and added eight rebounds while leading Norfolk Sports Club to a 94-65 win over Portsmouth Sports Club.

He also notched 10 points and a game-high eight assists in Norfolk’s second game of the tournament against Mike Duman Auto Sales.