Published Thu, Jan 31, 2013 3:51 pm Dateline
Updated Thu, Jan 31, 2013 4:02 pm
The honors and accolades are piling up for Ohio senior guard D.J. Cooper. Fran Fraschilla, writer for ESPN Insider, released his midseason rankings on “the players with the most impact on their teams, conference races and college basketball in general,” according to the article on ESPN’s website.
Cooper makes the list as the 25th best player so far in the 2012-2013 basketball season. Fraschilla, a former coach at Ohio, put Cooper on the list because he averages 14 points and 8 assists per game while leading the Bobcats to a 6-0 start in Mid-American Conference play.
Fraschilla says Cooper is “in the midst of one of the greatest careers in MAC history,” while inching closer to joining Gary Payton of Oregon State and Sherman Douglas of Syracuse as the only players in college history to earn 2,000 points and 900 assists in a college career.
The list of 25 standouts includes sophomore point guard Trey Burke of the current number-one ranked Michigan Wolverines, junior forward Doug McDermott of the Creighton Bluejays and freshman guard Ben McLemore of the Kansas Jayhawks.
Cooper was unranked in Fraschilla’s previous two top 25 lists.