Aug 26, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Former Ohio University All-American D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) will begin his professional basketball career in Greece with PAOK BC, the club announced Monday.
The team – headquartered in Thessaloniki, Greece - competes in the prestigious Greek Basket League (GBL). Some of the team’s most prominent alumni include Peja Stojaković, Radoslav Nesterović, Scott Skiles and Lawrence Funderburke.
The GBL is the premier professional league in Greece and one of the top-3 leagues in Europe, according to the European national basketball league rankings.
Part of Ohio’s all-time winningest class (94 career wins), Cooper is one of the most decorated players in the history of the men's basketball program. The 2013 MAC Player of the Year and AP All-America Honorable Mention selection ranked seventh in the nation in assists per game (7.1) and led the `Cats with 14.1 points and 2.0 steals per contest.
For his career, Cooper 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, 600 rebounds and 300 steals in a career.
A three-time All-MAC First Team selection and the 2012 MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, Cooper garnered All-America recognition from multiple outlets in his career, including the AP (2013), CollegeInsider.com (2011, 2012) and CollegeHoops.net (2011). He was named to the Lute Olson All-America Team in 2012 and the Lou Henson All-America Team in 2013.