Nathan Cooper Athlete Profile

#42 Nathan Cooper

Nathan Cooper
Positions: Guard, Forward Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 Roster Years: 1994-1995 | 1997-2001 Hometown: Provo, UT Last School: Timpview High School

Personal

Born September 1976 in Provo ... parents are Frank and Maxine Cooper ... served an LDS Church mission to Portugal .... likes golf and tennis ... grandfather played for BYU (1928-31) ... recruited among others by Stanford, Utah, Utah State, Penn State, Marquette and several Ivy League schools ... majoring in Portuguese with a Spanish minor.

Before BYU

Lettered four times in basketball, three times in golf and twice in tennis ... played two years at Mountain View High in Orem and his senior season at Timpview High in Provo ... at Timpview he averaged 16.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists and shot 50.5 percent from the field ... named all-state by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune ... honorable mention All-USA Today ... McDonald's All-America nominee ... was a top 50 pick for Athlon Magazine and the Blue Chip Magazine guards ... unanimous selection to All-Region Eight .... selected to the Utah High School Coaches All-Star Team ... made many all-tournament teams, including the 1994 Nike Las Vegas Easter Classic ... AAU team won four first place championships ... AAU coach Ron Dodson ... high school coach Don Chamberlain.

Summary

Cooper returns for his senior season as one of the team captains ... he is a versatile player who has a solid outside shot and a willingness to mix it up inside ... he has been considered the heart of the team because of his tough, scrappy nature and competitive desire ... he was the team's top free throw shooter last year... tendonitis in his knee limited his off-season play ... he has been a solid contributor in each of his first three seasons, both as a starter and off the bench.

Stats

Year   G-S    FGM-A   Pct  3PM-A    Pct  FT-A     Pct  Reb  Avg  Pts  Avg
95-96 28-0 62-140 .443 16-42 .381 55-74 .743 122 4.4 195 7.0
98-99 28-23 87-181 .481 22-56 .393 81-104 .779 125 4.5 277 9.9
99-00 33-7 58-141 .411 13-44 .295 49-63 .778 111 3.4 178 5.4
00-01 33-20 44-92 .478 11-30 .367 48-66 .727 127 3.8 147 4.5
Total 89-30 207-462 .448 51-142 .359 185-241 .768 358 4.0 650 7.3



1994-1995 | Freshman Year

Was 8-9 in free throws vs. Cal State Northridge ... had eight rebounds to lead team vs. Texas Tech ... 16 points, nine rebounds in 19 minutes vs. Morgan State ... had eight rebounds at Utah ... scored 18 points off the bench against Fresno St. in Provo ... second effort led to 10 second-half points at New Mexico, including a pair of three-point plays ... was 3-4 in treys in the second half vs. UTEP in Provo ... scored 11 points in second half at Colorado State, including a pair of treys ... had nine rebounds at Fresno State ... hit three treys, was fouled on his fourth attempt and hit all three free throws against Colorado State at the WAC Tournament in Albuquerque.

1997-1998 | Sophomore Year

Started 23 games for the Cougars and played in all 28 games ... recorded three double-doubles (vs. CS-Northridge, Dec. 12; vs. UC-Irvine, Dec. 22; at Fresno State, Feb. 18) ... hit 10-10 free throws vs. UC-Irvine, Dec. 22 ... finished the season with a .393 shooting percentage from 3-point range ... third on the team with 125 rebounds for the season ... had season high 11 rebounds vs. CS-Northridge, Dec. 12.

1998-1999 | Junior Year

Cooper averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game ... started 7 of 33 games (BYU 6-1 in those games) ... Led BYU with .778 free throw percentage ... had seven double-figures scoring games and made a trey in nine games... in NIT games, he had 3 rebounds and 2 assists at Notre Dame in 11 minutes, had 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists vs. Southern Illinois and 4 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists vs. Bowling Green ... played season-high 35 minutes vs. Utah and had 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists ... In his first start of the year vs. AFA, he responded with 14 points and 4 rebounds in 29 minutes ... had a season-high 9 rebounds vs. SDSU ... recorded team-best 6 rebounds along with 7 points and 2 assists vs. UNM ... hit 3-4 treys and scored 11 points along with 5 rebounds at Utah ... broke out of a slump with 11 straight BYU points, 9 in 1:40, and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes at UNM ... was forced to play the 4-position at UNLV with foul trouble to Eric Nielsen and Silester Rivers, playing 22 minutes ... joined Michael Vranes in receiving the coaches' game ball vs. UC Irvine with 14 points and 4 rebounds in 31 minutes ... entered game and scored BYU's first basket at UCSB five minutes into the contest and sparked an 8-0 run with a steal, forcing another turnover and handing out an assist (had 3 points and 3 rebounds) ... set a career high with 7 assists at South Alabama ... scored a season- and team-high 15 points vs. Weber State.

2000-2001 | Senior Year

Played in all 33 games and averaged 4.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 21.5 minutes per contest ... Was second on the team in rebounds (127) and led BYU in rebounds seven times ... Shot .478 from the field, .378 beyond the arc and .727 from the charity stripe ... Season-high 13 points against San Deigo State against, Jan. 13, and again versus Wyoming, Feb. 15.