Oct. 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - College Sports Madness named D.J. Cooper Player of the Year, Jim Christian Coach of the Year and also recognized Walter Offutt and Ivo Baltic as part of their 2012-2013 Mid-American Men’s Basketball Preseason selections.
Cooper was named Player of the Year after earning All-MAC First Team honors last season. The senior was also a Cousy Award Finalist and Lute Olson All-America Team selection, as well as a NABC Division I All-District 14 Second Team choice.
The Chicago native was named the 2012 MAC Tournament MVP after averaging 19.7 points and 6.7 assists for the Bobcats. He broke the Ohio career mark for assists and needs one more steal to hold the Bobcat career mark in that category. Cooper became the first two-time All-MAC First Team selection from Ohio since 2009 after his performance last season.
Offutt was named to the second team after earning a spot on the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament Team and earning honorable mention All-Mid American Conference nods last season. The redshirt senior finished among the top 15 in the MAC in scoring at 12.4 points per game and fourth in the league with 57 steals, an average of 1.5 per game.
In the NCAA Tournament, Offutt averaged 19.3 points while shooting 61.8 percent from the field and 58.8 (10-of-17) percent from beyond the arc. His 26-point outburst against No. 1 North Carolina in the Sweet 16 was a career-high for the Indianapolis product.
Baltic was selected to the third teamafter earning honorable mention All-Mid American Conference recognition in 2012. He finished among the top 15 in the league in field goal percentage and the top 20 in rebounding. The Kansas City star played in every game for the Bobcats while leading the team in rebounding. He also finished third on the squad in assists and blocks and fifth in scoring.
Christian enters his first season at Ohio after coaching at Kent State and most recently, TCU. The new head coach of the Bobcats owns the highest-winning percentage (.704) in Mid-American Conference history, He took the Golden Flashes to the postseason five times in six years and two MAC championships in the process.
Ohio opens the season with an exhibition vs. Mercyhurst on Nov. 3. The regular season opener is Nov. 10 vs. Portland. That same evening, last year's Sweet 16 run will be recognized. Ohio Basketball season tickets can be purchased for as low as $1.50 a game! To order, click here or call 800-575-2287.