We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Jordan Cooper of Wayne Country Day.
We’ve seen Cooper in various different settings, including most recently with All-Carolina, where we stated, “Given everything he’s done over the last calendar year, people should’ve already been anticipating Jordan Cooper’s breakout campaign. Well, it’s happening. Already regarded as an elite three-point shooter, Cooper showcased the full arsenal throughout our G3 Showcase. He displayed IQ, toughness, leadership, and consistently set the tone on both ends of the floor. Cooper is an exceptional defender with great quickness and anticipation, which allows him to suffocate opposing ball-handlers and force turnovers with regularity. He’s a noted off-ball threat, but showed the ability to run a team and create for himself or others with the ball in his hands. Cooper applied his usual amount of pressure from beyond the arc but also got downhill and finished or hit midrange pull-ups. Right now, Cooper is still somewhat physically underdeveloped, yet seems likely to continue growing. Should that occur, opponents should be legitimately terrified, because he will easily be amongst the top players in the state. That being said, Cooper is already a prospect who should warrant plenty of attention from scholarship-level programs.”
Many folks recognize Cooper due to his older brother, Jaden, but the younger sibling has more than blazed his own path at this point. He’s already a knockdown shooter with IQ and the ability to create or spot-up, which allows him to make a lasting impact with or without the ball in his hands. Cooper is somewhat thin right now, but continued physical development should make him an absolute problem for all types of opponents. He’s a heady, scrappy defender with sharp anticipation instincts and the ability to force turnovers with regularity. Cooper also understands how to lead by example on both ends of the floor. While it’s still somewhat early, college coaches should monitor Cooper closely over the foreseeable future.