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Bobcat Recruit: C.J. Cooper


I have heard that the Bobcat Basketball coaches have offered 2011 prospect C.J. Cooper from La Verne Lutheran High in La Verne California. Cooper is a 6-0 ish 165 junior point guard for La Verne Lutheran and has been a starter since his freshman year.

If La Verne Lutheran high school sounds familiar to you (and it is OK if does not) it is the same school that Bobcat 2010 commit Jordan Salley attends. According to the LA Times earlier this year La Verne Lutheran has 6 to 8 players that they feel, will eventually go on to play D-1 ball, including 6-8 Grant Jerrett, who is ranked in the top 100 players nationally as a sophomore. This team also has only a single senior among its top 9 players, and that senior is Jordan Salley who is not playing this year due to a knee injury. Currently La Verne Lutheran has a 9-0 conference record and 15-8 over all record. Not bad for a private school with a total enrolment of 150 students.

This season Cooper is averaging 17 points, 6 assist, 2 rebounds 2 steals a game while shooting 53% from the field, 41% beyond the three point arc, and 75% the charity stripe. His high game of the season was a game where he scored 25 points, dished out 15 assist and had 6 steals in a single game that said though, the competition in that game was not very good and La Verne California did run up the score.

Last season as a sophomore he had similar stats, although slightly lower across the board, and was named Arrowhead League MVP, for the season. His teammate Grant Jerrett though is expected to take that award this year, as he leads the league in scoring and rebounding.

Cooper has been very active in the summer in the AAU scene so there is a lot on info on him. Here is a taste.

Full Court Press Eval.

CJ Cooper 5’11” 2011 La Verne Lutheran (La Verne CA)
A heady PG that can connect with regularity from the perimeter.

Hoopmasters Eval

CJ Cooper (Laverne Lutheran) 5-11 – Super heady point guard who can really run a team and make other players better. Big time shooter who demands constant pressure or he will knock down the long ball. Big time student.

Rivals Eval.

5’11 C.J. Cooper 2011 of La Verne Lutheran HS (CA)
Real athletic one man who handles well, pushes the break, has an excellent pull up game and is a good shooter with three point range.

His recruitment has been pretty confusing to try to pin down. He was rumored to have committed to San Diego last summer but I am told he is still uncommitted but that San Diego is a front runner. While a lot of school are said to be interest I have it on good authority as of a week or so ago he hold only three offers, but that is expected to change soon. His confirmed offers are from Montana State, San Diego, and SMU. Copper is the type of prospect whose recruitment is primed to take off. He has improved steadily every year he has played, he is a pure point guard, and can also score. What will also help him is that he is a great student and should attract a lot of attention from the more rigorous academic schools. Coach Starr has done a great job recruiting the L.A area so it should be interesting to see what happens, but it would not surprise me if by the end of spring the Pac-10 are all over him.

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