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14 Luke Cooper

CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Finished No. 4 on all-time NCAA Division II assists list with 880 and was No. 11 in assists per game with 7.3 ... 2-time All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference First Team selection ... set or tied 13 school records, including career marks for most assists (880), assists per game (7.3), and double-digit assist performances (32) ... first player to lead GNAC in any statistical category 4 straight years ... along with teammate Carl Arts, became fifth and sixth Seawolves ever to play on three straight NCAA Tournament teams ... in addition to assists categories, also ranked high on UAA lists for games played (t-2nd, 121), games started (3rd, 97), steals (3rd, 156), FT attempted (8th, 290), FT made (13th, 203), 3FG% (15th, .383), FG% (18th, .489) and double-doubles (t-10th, 10).

2007-08: Named First Team All-American by Division II Bulletin and Second Team All-American by Basketball Times ... became first Seawolf men’s player to earn Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year award ... voted First Team All-West Region by both coaches (NABC) and sports information directors (Daktronics) ... one of 16 finalists — including just two Div. II players — for the Bob Cousy Award as the top point guard in college basketball ... earned spot on NCAA Div. II West Regional All-Tournament Team after helping Seawolves to title ... 2-time GNAC Player of the Week ... dished 310 assists to rank No. 4 on the all-time NCAA Division II single-season list ... led Div. II with 8.9 apg and was second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.56-1 ... helped UAA to numerous team accomplishments, including best record in program history (29-6), first-ever GNAC championship, second NCAA Div. II Semifinals appearance in program history, and a final national ranking of No. 4 ... voted Best Defensive Player award by teammates on squad that ranked No. 5 in NCAA Div. II in points allowed per game (60.1) ... equaled own school record with 16 assists in home win over Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 12), then twice extended mark with 17 (1 turnover) in home win over MSU Billings (Feb. 21), and 18 (1 turnover) in home OT victory over Saint Martin’s (Mar. 6) ... 13 assists in Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout loss to Eastern Washington were most ever by a Seawolf without committing a turnover ... broke or tied six single-season records, including own marks for assists (310), assists per game (8.9) and double-digit assist performances (15); other records were for total minutes played (1,271) and a tie for most games played (35, tied with six teammates) and most starts (35, tied with three teammates) ... played 36.3 minutes per game to lead GNAC and rank No. 2 on UAA single-season list ... logged 40 or more minutes on 14 occasions ... had seven double-doubles ... had 31 points (11-17 FG, 7-9 3FG) and 10 assists in win at NW Nazarene (Feb. 28), joining former All-American Rick Stafford (1995-97) as only Seawolf to tally 30 points and 10 assists in a game ... played all but seven minutes of UAA’s 5-game NCAA Tournament run, including 40 minutes in Elite Eight games against California (Pa.) and Augusta State ... had 11 points and 3 steals in 39 minutes of NCAA West Regional title-game victory over BYU-Hawaii ... other top performances included 20 points (5-10 FG, 9-11 FT), 12 assists and 0 turnovers in 45 minutes of 74-72 OT loss at GNAC runner-up Central Washington (Feb. 16); 10 points (4-5 FG), 10 assists and 3 steals in win at Western Washington (Feb. 14); 18 points and 8 assists in home win over NW Nazarene (Feb. 2); 12 points and 11assists in home win over No. 24 Seattle Pacific (Jan. 31); and 12 points (4-7 FG) and 12 assists in AT&T Alascom Jamboree victory over eventual NCAA qualifier Christian Brothers (Dec. 29) ... received Jim Hajdukovich ‘Iron Man’ Award (shared with Arts) and was voted Most Inspirational Player by his teammates, both for second straight year ... one of 64 non-Div. I players invited to compete at 2008 Collegiate Basketball Invitational in Wadsworth, Ohio.

2006-07: Earned All-GNAC First Team honors after finishing No. 2 in NCAA Div. II with 8.2 assists per game ... won GNAC assist title for third straight season, breaking five conference records in that category ... finished junior season just 30 assists short of career GNAC record of 600 ...  set or tied six UAA assist records, including most in a career (570), season (230), and game (16, tie); other school marks were for season average, and most double-digit assist totals in a season (10) and career (17) ... led team and held GNAC ranks of first in assists (8.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.07-1), 6th in steals (1.5 spg), and 2nd in minutes (35.9 mpg) ... minutes per game were 2nd-most in school history ... played entire 40 minutes on 10 occasions, including 7 of the last 9 games ... doubled scoring output from 4.7 ppg in non-conference games to 9.5 in GNAC affairs ... registered three double-doubles — all in UAA wins ... tied school record with 16 assists and committed just one turnover in Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout victory over Div. I Missouri-Kansas City ... named MVP of Glacier Classic (Dec. 8-9) and GNAC Player of the Week after leading UAA to wins over Florida Tech (10 asst) and Augustana (17 pts, 6 asst, 3 stl) ... also named all-tourney at UAA’s AT&T Alascom Jamboree ... twice scored 21 points, in wins over Saint Martin’s (7-13 FG, 5-9 3FG, 5 reb, 8 asst, 1 turnover, 40 min) and at Central Washington (7-10 FG, 3-6 3FG, 4-4 FT, 6 asst) ... other top games included 12 pts (4-5 FG, 2-3 3FG), 10 asst, 0 turnovers, 2 steals in win at Northwest Nazarene; 11 pts (9-12 FT), 12 assists in win at Western Washington; 10 pts (4-8 FG), 12 asst, 2 turnovers in home win over Central Washington; and 10 pts (3-3 FG, 4-4 FT), 6 asst and 1 turnover in win at rival UAF to clinch playoff berth ... finished junior year with UAA career ranks of first in assists and assists per game, 7th in steals (116), 16th in FG% (.490), 16th in games played (86), and 8th in games started (62) ... received Most Inspirational Player and Jim Hajdukovich Ironman awards at team banquet ... nominated for UAA Athlete of the Year award ... selected to play for Australian squad at 2007 World University Summer Games in Bangkok in Aug. 2007.

2005-06:
Led GNAC in assists per game (6.42) for the second straight year and ranked ninth in NCAA Div. II ... with 199 assists, came one shy of tying school single-season record (200, Bryan Anderson, 1993-94) ... dished 7.44 apg in GNAC play, pacing  league by more than a full dish over NW Nazarene’s Marcus Clift (6.33) ... had five double-digit assist performances to bring career total to seven, tying Anderson’s school record in that category ... after just two seasons, already ranks third at UAA and 12th on the GNAC career assist lists with 334 ... assist skills helped Seawolves rank No. 2 in NCAA Div. II 3FG% rankings at .446 ... FG% of .553 (42 of 76) was second-best among Seawolves ... raised 3FG% to impressive .467 (14 of 30) after going just 1 for 9 freshman season ... scored career-high 18 points (7-7 FG, 4-4 3FG) in 2-point loss at NW Nazarene (Jan. 14), and had 13 pts (3-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 6-6 FT) and 9 assists in critical home win over UAF (Feb. 25) ... other top games included career-high 14 assists, 3 turnovers and 2 steals in home win over Saint Martin’s (Jan. 7); 13 assists, 2 turnovers and 3 steals in 78-71 home win over Seattle (Jan. 5); 13 assists in home win over Humboldt State (Jan. 19); 12 assists, 3 turnovers and 6 points in home win over NW Nazarene (Feb. 9); and 11 pts (3-3 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT), 5 assists and 1 turnover in win over BYU-Hawaii (Dec. 10).

2004-05: Led GNAC in assists per game (5.22) and assist-turnover ratio (2.82-1) as a freshman ... paced Seawolves and ranked ninth in GNAC in steals per game (1.41) ... dished 13 assists in win at Saint Martin’s (2/10), tying for the fourth-most ever by a Seawolf ... had 12 assists in win over Multnomah Bible (12/17) ... set UAA freshman record with 141 total assists and was No. 2 in with 38 total steals ... 18 starting assignments tied for third-most ever for a Seawolf freshman ... named to All-Glacier Classic Team (12/31) after leading UAA to wins over Nyack and Ohio Valley with averages of 8.5 ppg (6-8 FG), 8.0 apg and 4.0 spg ... had stretch of eight games (Jan. 8-Feb. 5) with an incredible 48-to-6 assist-to-turnover ratio ... recorded nine assists on four occasions ... swiped three or more steals in seven games ... shooting percentage of .509 ranked third on team.

BEFORE UAA: Played two seasons in the Australian Basketball Association with his hometown Eltham Wildcats ... started all 22 games at point guard in 2003-04, winning the league’s prestigious Golden Hands award (assists + steals – turnovers), while averaging 9.0 points, 9.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 37 minutes per game ... broke the ABA’s single-game assist record with 21 ... MVP of the Wildcats’ U-18 Juniors team.

HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to the 2000-01 Victorian All-High School team after averaging 18 points and 6 assists ... led the national tournament in assists and steals ... helped Parade College to 2002 regional championship.

PERSONAL: Born Luke Malcolm Cooper on July 12, 1984 ... son of Malcolm and Anne Cooper ... nickname is Coops ... enjoys surfing ... physical education major.

Career Highs
Points: 31 at NW Nazarene, 2/28/08
Rebounds: 6, three times (last: vs Augusta State, 3/27/08)
Assists: 18 vs Saint Martin’s, 3/6/08
Blocks: 1, four times
Steals: 6, twice (last: vs Lancaster Bible, 11/4/06)


Career Statistics
Year     GP-GS  Min/Avg   FG-FGA  Pct 3FG-FGA  Pct  FT-FTA  Pct
2004-05  27-18  696/25.8  27- 53 .509   1-  9 .111  25- 40 .625
2005-06  31-16  777/25.1  42- 76 .553  14- 30 .467  49- 71 .690
2006-07  28-28 1004/35.9  59-132 .447  25- 66 .379  61- 83 .735
2007-08  35-35 1271/36.3  86-177 .486  29– 75 .387  68– 96 .708
TOTALS  121-97 3748/31.0 214-438 .489  69-180 .383 203-290 .700

Year     OR- DR-Reb/Avg  PF-D  A   TO  B   S Pts/Avg
2004-05   9- 39- 48/1.8  50-1 141  50  1  38  80/3.0
2005-06  17- 43- 60/1.9  62-1 199  75  1  36 147/4.7
2006-07   5- 53- 58/2.1  46-1 230  75  1  42 204/7.3
2007-08   4– 50– 54/1.5  45-0 310  87  1  40 269/7.7
TOTALS   35-185-220/1.8 203-3 880 287  4 156 700/5.8

Position: Guard
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
High School: Parade College/Eltham Wildcats
Experience: 4 Letters