Cooper Transfers to Gopher Men’s Basketball Program

Men’s Basketball | 4/26/2022 3:25:00 PM

Ta’Lon Cooper is bringing his game to the Big Ten and Williams Arena. Playing three seasons at Morehead State, Cooper will join the University of Minnesota men’s basketball program next season.

“We’re really happy to add Ta’Lon Cooper to our roster,” the head coach said Ben Johnson said. “Ta’Lon is a true floor general. He has really good size, good length and great feel. He knows how to deliver the ball on time, on target and has an incredible basketball IQ. He’s a great connector and his personality is contagious. , which are both great qualities at that position. Ta’Lon is really efficient in all three phases: he can score, rebound and pass. He will bring a great piece to our program. “

Cooper is a 6-4 190 guard that comes to Minnesota after playing 95 career games and 52 starts for Morehead State. The Roebuck. SC, product averaged 29 minutes, 8.1 points, 4.3 assists and shot 41 percent from the field during his Eagles career. Last season alone, Cooper was a First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference in 2022 after he averaged 33.9 minutes, 9.1 points and 5.9 assists. His 202 assists last season ranked second all-time in program history, while his 5.9 apg ranked seventh in the NCAA. Cooper also had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.72 and led the team in steals when he averaged 3.1 per game.

In 2020-21, Cooper played in 31 games with 11 starts and averaged 29.2 minutes, 8.2 points and 2.1 rebounds. In his 2019-20 freshman campaign, Cooper saw action in 30 games, including seven starts and averaged 7.0 ppg. He also collected OVC Freshman of the Week honors once that season and led the team in three-point field goal percentage at 39 percent.

Cooper played prep basketball with Dorman High School and AAU with the Upward Stars Upstate. With Dorman, he guided the team to state titles in back-to-back seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Rated one of the top five class of 2019 stock risers, Cooper averaged 26 points, 7 rebounds 6 assists during his last AAU season.

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