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Ohio University freshman point guard DJ Cooper, possibly the best to put on a Bobcat uniform, plays beyond his years, leading the MAC conference in steals and assists in 2010.

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Game Announcer:

…and one for D.J. Cooper. Not only has he hit the ground running, he has hit the ground shooting and passing and d-ing, and in March he could become the MAC Freshman of the year

D.J. Cooper:

I really didn’t think it would come this easy. Well it hadn’t came easy. But I wouldn’t have think it would have came this quick. My anticipation is pretty good so coach tell me go out there and play you know with my feel.

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Back door from Cooper to Crazy K for a layup. It is Boyer and he threw that ball away and Cooper stole it. Now back to Cooper wing on the left, long three on the way Bang., and Ohio is on top. 11-9 D.J. Cooper nails is 23rd monster three.

Russ Eisenstein:

I think his maturity at a very young age. He’s a freshman but he plays well beyond his years. His basketball IQ is very high. He walks with the confidence of a junior or a senior even though this is his first season, in a collegiate uniform. I think his variance of tempo is tremendous. I think he thinks things through more than just the play that is at hand, and I think right now he is making some of his teammates better. I think that is the best thing a point guard can do.

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Blocked away by Keely here comes Ohio. Cooper in transition. Corner left three for three. Bang. Foul line low block left. Ball stolen away by Cooper, he tried to get it to McNees (Akron), lead back to the defense, Washington (Ohio) a dunk with the two hander.

D.J. Cooper:

Yeah, the first couple practices, it took a couple adjustments. The guys that work with me, help me, the coaches. They just helped me get through it, the adversity I get. Coach Groce is an amazing help. Whenever I’m going through problems, he just helps me out play. If I need to talk, If I need extra lifting, shots, or something like that he provides it for me. Most of they guys I play against are bigger 6’2” 185. I’m sure they underestimate me, but you know when you play with heart they see. I’m just as good as them. I just try to anticipate well, beat them to the spot before they get there.

Russ Eisenstein:

His ability defensively is beyond what a lot of other point guards bring to the table. It’s always fun when he starts to realize that he can take the ball away from the player that he is guarding in that possession. That’s a special thing to watch where a defensive player just owns that offensive player. There was a play at Northern Illinois where he stole the ball away from Mike Dinunno and he made Dinunno look silly. Stripped the ball and ran the floor and laid it in. The defense to offense translation is huge to build upon. That’s what John Groce wants from his ball club, and he is getting it right from the start of his defense. I think he could be one of the best players that Ohio has had at point guard position. One of the better players that has worn a green and white uniform. He is that good on the defensive side, the offensive side. I think he is a fun player to watch. So on the floor in a lot of capacities, I think he could be one of the best that has ever played here in Athens.

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D.J. Cooper!!!

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