MINERS

C.J. Cooper
5  C.J. Cooper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chino, Calif.

High School:
Lutheran HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
Guard

Experience:
HS

2013-14 (JUNIOR)
Averaged 9.6 points ... made 30 starts and played in all 34 games ... played the second-most minutes on the squad (1,075) ... shot 87.2 percent from the line (82-for-94) ... made 23 straight foul shots earlier in the season ... dished out 102 assists ... ranked second in Conference USA in free throw percentage, 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.48), 13th in assists (3.0 avg.) and 15th in three pointers per game (1.7) ... scored in double figures in 11 of the last 17 games ... during that span averaged 11.3 ppg with a .405 (62-for-153) field goal percentage, .369 (38-for-103) three-point field goal percentage and .837 (41-for-49) free throw percentage ... averaged 12.5 ppg in C-USA action, shooting .430 from the field, .394 from beyond the arc and .872 from the charity stripe ... scored in double figures for the first time this season while coming off the bench against West Alabama (10 points) ... went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe versus Colorado State, tallying 15 points ... posted three steals versus Northwestern State ... hit a big three pointer at the 14:56 mark of the second half at Washington State to push the Miners' lead to 19 points (41-22) ... was 9-for-9 at the line with four assists versus Western Illinois ... scored 15 points, including a game-clinching three pointer with 41 seconds remaining in the second overtime, against Denver ... scored 11 points at Middle Tennessee, including two second-half three pointers ... added a career-high five rebounds versus the Blue Raiders while playing the full 40 minutes ... scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half at UAB ... tied his career-highs with six field goals, four three pointers and five rebounds against the Blazers ... had five rebounds for the third straight contest versus UTSA ... put together 15 points (5-for-8 FGs, 3-for-6 3FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) against the Roadrunners with three assists, three steals and no turnovers in 30 minutes ... was equally excellent versus LA Tech with 17 points (5-for-9 FGs, 3-for-6 3FGs, 4-for-4 FTs), four rebounds, five assists and a career-high four steals ... scored all 17 of his points in the second against Rice in rallying the Miners to a 68-57 triumph over the Owls ... his four-point play with 6:03 remaining gave UTEP its first lead of the game ... led the Miners in scoring for the second straight game at East Carolina (15 points) ... had scored in double figures in six consecutive games for the first time in his UTEP career before getting into early foul trouble at Old Dominion and finishing with five points in 19 minutes ... scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half versus Florida Atlantic ... had five assists and no turnovers against the Owls while playing every minute ... six assists versus FIU with 17 points ... six assists at Tulane ... after a couple of subpar shooting games made 5-of-8 field goal attempts and 3-of-5 three-point tries (13 points) at North Texas ... matched his career high with 20 points at UTSA ... five assists and no turnovers against East Carolina in the C-USA Championship ... career-high seven assists versus Fresno State in the CBI.

2012-13 (SOPHOMORE)
Averaged 5.1 ppg and 15.8 mpg, primarily in a reserve capacity ... did make one start against Clemson in the Old Spice Classic ... appeared in all 32 games ... shot 40.5 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the charity stripe ... ranked 13th in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage ... tied for 14th in the conference in three-point percentage for league games only (.378) ... in 20 minutes at Arizona, supplied nine points, two boards, an assist and a steal ... averaged 25.3 minutes in three Old Spice Classic games ... scored seven points and dished out four assists against Oklahoma, and secured a couple of rebounds versus Vanderbilt ... went to the line a season-best six times against Clemson ... broke out of an extended shooting slump by scoring nine points (3-for-5 3FGs) versus Houston Baptist ... nailed a couple of three pointers in the first half at UAB ... netted 14 points and tied his career-high for three-point field goals (four), shooting 4-for-5 from beyond the arc versus Rice ... scored all 14 points in the second half against the Owls ... collected a season-high three rebounds at Houston ... scored all nine of his points in the second half at NM State while hitting 3-for-4 three-point shots ... got off to a fast start against Houston with eight first-half points ... buried three three-point field goals in the first half at Rice on his way to scoring 10 points ... had a 13-point afternoon at SMU, shooting 5-for-10 from the field and 3-for-7 from long range ... averaged 15.0 points in two C-USA Tournament games, including a career-high 20 versus Southern Miss ... came on strong late in the year with eight or more points in six of the last seven outings (10.9 ppg during that span) ... shot 46.2 percent (18-for-39) from three-point range in the seven-game stretch.

2011-12 (FRESHMAN)
Averaged 3.2 points, 1.3 assists and 15.1 minutes in 27 games off the bench ... shot 83.3 percent (15-for-18) from the line ... assist/turnover ratio was 1.84 (35-19) ... turned the ball over seven times in 217 minutes in C-USA play with 17 assists ... buried a couple of three pointers in scoring six points in his college debut against UTSA ... was on the floor for 15 minutes versus the Roadrunners and dished out two assists with no turnovers ... compiled four points, two boards, an assist and a steal against UC Riverside ... collected six points, two rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 23 minutes versus Southern ... played 22 minutes against Clemson and scored 11 points (4-for-7 FGs, 3-for-6 3FGs), all in the second half ... put up seven points in nine minutes versus Auburn ... in three Diamond Head Classic games, averaged 7.0 ppg with a .538 (7-for-13) field goal percentage, .556 (5-for-9) three-point field goal percentage and 1.000 (2-for-2) free throw percentage ... contributed 11 points (4-for-8 FGs, 3-for-6 3FGs) and three assists in 21 minutes against Colorado State ... played 26 minutes with three assists and no turnovers versus Houston ... collected three assists in only 10 minutes at Tulsa .. was on the floor for 27 minutes, a season best, against SMU ... after being held scoreless in four of his previous six games, produced seven points in 20 minutes at Houston ... broke out of a 10-game shooting slump against Southern Miss by scoring a season-high 16 points, including 10 in the second half and six in overtime ... made 5-of-9 shots, 2-of-4 three-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws in 25 minutes versus the Golden Eagles ... played 21 minutes at UCF and hit another three pointer ... tied his season-high by pulling down four rebounds in a C-USA Tournament win over Houston.

PRIOR TO UTEP
Appointed the 2010 CIF Division 5 Player of the Year and a three-time selection to the Cal High Sports All-State Team ... four-time All-San Gabriel Valley honoree and four-time Arrowhead League MVP at Lutheran High School ... member of back-to-back CIF State Division 3 championship teams (2010 & 2011) with a composite mark of 54-12 over two years ... averaged 14 points, 5.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals as a senior ... collected 15.6 ppg and 6.1 apg as a junior ... sophomore averages were 16.4 points and 6.8 assists and freshman totals were 18.8 ppg and 3.3 apg ... helped Lutheran HS to a 29-1 record as a freshman, including the CIF Southern Section and Division 5AA championship ... shot 81 percent from the line for his career, including 89 percent (42-for-47) as a senior ... coached by his uncle, Eric Cooper, as a prep.

PERSONAL
Full name is Carl Duran Cooper II ... parents are Carl Sr. and Cherise Cooper ... has one sister ... father played basketball at Cal State Northridge ... uncle Eric played at Arizona and later coached in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury ... born 2/10/93 (Fontana, Calif.) ... Communication major.

Year Cl. GP GS MIN AVE FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT OFF DEF TOT AVE PF FO A TO BLK ST PTS AVE
2011-12 Fr 27 0 409 15.1 27 89 .303 17 59 .288 15 18 .833 1 29 30 1.1 19 0 35 19 0 6 86 3.2
2012-13 So 32 1 506 15.8 51 126 .405 35 91 .385 26 35 .743 4 21 25 0.8 20 0 32 26 0 8 163 5.1
2013-14 Jr 34 30 1075 31.6 94 263 .357 58 174 .333 82 94 .872 10 54 64 1.9 63 0 102 69 0 26 328 9.6
Total 93 31 1990 21.4 172 478 .360 110 324 .340 123 147 .837 15 104 119 1.3 102 0 169 114 0 40 577 6.2