Friday, August 07, 2015

Coop Goes Pro

It is my hope to do a better job of keeping up with the former players who have been a part of this thing we love called Alabama basketball. In many instances their careers don't end once they leave Tuscaloosa, and I find the journey of professional basketball players far and wide to be an engrossing story. I think this would make a great idea for a documentary, if someone has the money and film-making talent to undertake such a venture.

Rodney Cooper has signed a contract to play basketball in Hungary with Sopron of the International Basketball Federation (aka FIBA). According to the university, Coop is only one of eight rookies to sign with a FIBA club. FIBA is a well-respected league with a lot of good players, some who eventually find their way to the NBA. Here's hoping Coop has a long and successful pro career.

Coop was often the forgotten man during his career, overshadowed by the likes of Trevor Releford, Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph, but Coop had a very solid career (1,122 career points) and I thought he was one of the bright spots in his final season as he had arguably the most productive season of his career (11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg).

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