Thomas Cooper Signs First Professional Contract In Germany

TORONTO, June 26, 2017 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Thomas Cooper has signed his first professional contract with Uni Baskets Paderborn in Germany’s Pro A League.

Cooper, a two-time All-Canadian First Team member (2016, 2017), recently concluded a strong 2016-2017 campaign with the University of Calgary Dinos in U Sports, where he led the Dinos to the Canada West (CanWest) Tournament semifinals and the U Sports National Championship quarterfinals. The 6’4” guard, ranked 3rd in the CIS in scoring, averaging 22.7 points per game. Cooper also ranked 11th in rebounding and 10th in steals in the CanWest Conference, averaging 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, while also contributing 3.0 assists per game. This season, Cooper was named to the All-Canada West First Team for the second consecutive season.

A Chattanooga, Tennessee native, Cooper played high school basketball at Tyner Academy, where he was a two-time All-Conference award recipient. As a senior at Tyner Academy, Cooper won the conference scoring title, while leading his school to the conference championship. Cooper began his college basketball career in 2011 at North Carolina A&T State University in the NCAA. In 2012, Cooper relocated to the City College of San Francisco, and in 2013, he joined the University of Nebraska at Kearney Lopers as a junior.

After a hiatus from basketball, Cooper relocated to the University of Calgary for the 2015-2016 season. In his first season as a Dino, Cooper ranked 2nd in U Sports in scoring, averaging 25.8 points per game. He also ranked 9th in the CanWest Conference in rebounding, averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. Cooper contributed an additional 3.1 assists, 1.1 steals per game, and shot 38.9% from behind the arc. That season, the Dinos won the CanWest Tournament and advanced to the then Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Tournament finals, where they were ultimately defeated by the Carleton Ravens. He earned All-Canada West Player of the Year honours, and was named to the CIS Canadian All-Tournament Team, the CIS All-Canadian First Team, and the All-Canada West First Team.

Cooper is excited to take his game to Germany and is looking forward to contributing to his new team.

“I am more than thankful that Paderborn gave me my first opportunity to play professional basketball,” said Cooper. “I plan on making a huge impact in every way I can to help the team win as many games and have as much success as possible.”

In its most recent season, Paderborn finished 10th in the German Pro A League with a 14-16 record.

“We believe that Thomas can have an immediate impact in Pro A,” said Paderborn Head Coach, Uli Naechster. “He is a versatile scorer, and he will certainly be able to prove that as a professional.”

For more information and individual box scores for Thomas throughout the season please visit http://slansportsmanagement.com/thomas-cooper.

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