Averaging 14.3 points this season, Cooper has a reasonable chance to hit 2,000 points, 900 assists, 650 rebounds and 300 steals in his career, a quartet of numbers never reached in college basketball.
"He's the engine that makes them go, no doubt about it," said Marshall coach Tom Herrion. "He has the unique ability as a 5-10 or [listed at 6-foot] guard to impact the game in many ways - he can get 30 points, can get eight points and 12 assists, he can rebound. He's a dynamic player and has had a tremendous career. But they have more than D.J."
That they do, as the Bobcats are loaded with five seniors, six juniors and all returning starters from a season ago. Those include familiar names such as Walter Offutt (11.9 points per game, 37.3 percent 3-point shooting), Reggie Keely (9.4 points, 67.6 percent field-goal shooting), Ivo Baltic (9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 50.5 percent from floor) and Nick Kellogg (8.5 points). A wild card of sorts is Missouri transfer Kadeem Green, a 6-8 sophomore who became eligible last month.
"They're one of the most experienced teams in the country, coming off the Sweet 16," Herrion said. "Jimmy's done a good job taking them over."
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