July Will Be Big For Cooper

Chris Cooper is in the same boat as a lot of bigs in the Class of 2008. The month of July will determine their recruitment level and what the future holds.

Chris Cooper is sitting on that fence. He's played well enough to catch the eye of a few big programs. At the same time, his safety net of mid-major offers continues to expand. Actually, it's not a bad spot to be in as we steam toward July.

"It's real exciting. It makes me want to play even harder," Cooper said. "July is either I make it or not make it. That's how I see it. I'll try to get my name out there so a lot of people recognize me."

The 6-foot-8 power forward out of Woodbridge (Va.) Forest Park runs with Hoop Booth and used the Southern Invitational as a mini-spring board to continue getting his name out there.

Soon enough, as in this weekend, he'll hit up elite camps. George Mason's is first on the slate. "I'm going to elite camps at George Mason, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Pittsburgh," Cooper said.

Cooper cites his shot blocking as strength and said his post moves could use some attention. As for the schools who haven't seen him yet and how he handles the situation?

"They tell me to keep thinking about their school and they'll come see my soon."

Marist, Richmond and Delaware have offered.

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