He used to tear up the Mid-American Conference. Now, he's tearing up the Greek Basketball League.
Former Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper was recently named the GBL Mid-Season MVP as a rookie with POAK BC. In 13 games with the club, Cooper has averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest. His numbers place him atop the league in steals and assists.
In terms of stand out performances, Cooper's career-high in points came on Dec. 14 against Panionios, where he finished the game with 22 points and six assists. Cooper has also recorded a double-double this season, in a matchup with Panelefsiniakos on Nov. 17, with 16 points and 10 boards.
As a Bobcat, Cooper became the only player in NCAA history to wrap up his career with at least 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals. He was also an AP All-America selection, holds the MAC record for assists and is the all-time leader in assists, steals, three-pointers made, games started and games played at Ohio.
David Fluellen might not have played with Toledo in a bowl game, but that doesn't mean his college playing days are over. The former Rockets' running back was selected to play in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. ET and will be available to watch on the NFL Network. He will participate on the "North" team at the bowl.
Fluellen was a beast at Toledo, ranking fourth all-time in the school's record books in rushing yards, with 3,336. Despite being sidelined for most of four games with an injury, Fluellen still finished the 2013 season with 1,121 yards on the ground. He also rushed for 100 yards or more a total of 13 times while at Toledo, solidifying him as a two-time first-team All-Mac player.
UMass wasn't just bad; it was the worst.
Just in case Minutemen fans forgot, USA Today reminded them that UMass was rated the worst football team of the last decade. Overall, in 2013 the team finished 1-11, with 10 games lost by more than double digits. The website WhatIfSports put together a bracket with the worst 16 teams of the last decade, and well, the Minutemen were the worst.
Just when you thought it was bad enough, UMass took the title in a matchup up with the 2011 Akron team (1-11). The Mid-American Conference had one more appearance in the battle of losers, with the 2009 Eastern Michigan squad (0-12). Now, new coach Mark Whipple will try to return to the "glory year" when he won the I-AA national championship with the team in 1998, his first season.