Marcus Cooper Signs with Southern Miss Men's Basketball
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Southern Miss basketball coach Doc Sadler announced Monday the signing of junior college standout Marcus Cooper of Northeastern (Colo.) Junior College to the program for the 2016-17 season.
The 6-foot-3, 195 lb., guard from Van Nuys, Calif., scored 16.4 points, while adding 1.8 assists for coach Eddie Trenkle last season. Cooper converted 52.8 percent of his shots from the floor, 39.5 from 3-point range and 80.7 percent from the line.
“Marcus should be a great fit for our program,” said Southern Miss coach Doc Sadler. “He is a complete guard, who is extremely athletic. I like how he is a capable 3-point shooter, who can also attack the basket. We look forward to having him in the program next season.”
Cooper enjoyed his trip to Southern Miss on his official visit and felt at home right away with the program.
“I really liked Hattiesburg,” said Cooper. “As soon as I met the players and coaching staff, I could feel the family atmosphere. Everyone in the locker room is working hard toward a common goal and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Cooper is the first player under the Northeastern JC coach to earn a spot on a Conference USA roster and Trenkle pointed to the quality of the Southern Miss coaching staff that has the program poised in the right direction which weighed in his player’s decision.
In addition, Trenkle lauded his former player as the team’s most consistent worker during the year and was routinely assigned the opponent’s toughest opposing player on defense, including a 6-foot-11 National JUCO Player of the Year of which he shut down in a game.
“Marcus is going to come down there and work hard,” said Trenkle. “He is one of those guys that will do whatever you ask. He was a pleasure to coach these past two years.”