D.J. Cooper Leaves Bosnian National Team Due To Family Emergency

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Former Ohio University star D.J. Cooper has left the Bosnian National Team and has returned stateside to attend to a family matter.

Former Ohio University standout D.J. Cooper has temporarily left the Bosnian National Team to attend to a family emergency in his hometown of Chicago, his agent tweeted out on Tuesday. Cooper obtained Bosnian citizenship in June, which made him eligible to play for Bosnia in international competition.

Early reports about Cooper's departure, which stemmed from Greek media, indicated that Cooper had left the team due to issues about the coaching style of Bosnian National Team coach Dusko Ivanovic. According to a series of tweets from Bosnian journalist Igor Marinovic, Cooper is "definitely on temporary leave" and could face a suspension if he does not return to Bosnia soon.

Cooper is most famous for being the leader of Ohio's 2012 Sweet 16 team, which upset Michigan and South Florida in the tournament before falling to North Carolina. Cooper is the only player in Division 1 history score at least 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals.

After his college career ended in 2013, Cooper played for PAOK BC in the Greek Basket League, where he averaged more than 10 points per game and more than six assists per game, leading PAOK to a third-place finish in the league. He recently signed a contract with Russian team Enisey Krasnoyarsk for next season.

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