"I just felt like ODU's approach to the game was the right fit for me," Cooper told The Pilot. Last year Cooper averaged under 10 points but a solid 8.5 rebounds.
It wasn't his high school season but his traveling team play with the Hoop Booth that caught the attention of the college recruiters. After a strong showing at the Southern Invitational in May, Cooper's stock rose.
Once it was established he was a player in the CAA or A-10, programs began aggressively recruiting him and he was brought onto campus for multiple visits as he was a priority recruit for the team's on his list.