Published Mon, Feb 25, 2013 7:22 pm Dateline
Ohio senior point guard D.J. Cooper has been named a finalist for the 2013 Lou Henson. The award is presented annually to the best mid-major player in the country.
The award is given in honor of Lou Henson, who is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. After a 41 year career, Henson is only one of 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
After his senior year, Cooper will go down as one of the best players in Ohio men's basketball history. The Chicago, Ill., native is fifth in the nation in assists per game with 7.6. He also leads the Bobcats with 13.4 points and 2.1 steals per game.
Cooper's 897 career assists are 13th-most in the history of Division I college basketball and ranks 24th on the all-time NCAA Divison I steals list. The senior is on track to become the only player in the history of college basketball to have 2,000 points, 900 assists, 500 rebounds, and 300 steals for his career.
Other players named finalists are Ian Clark of Belmont, and Zeke Marshall from Akron.