Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wooster's Cooper to Play in Collegiate Basketball Invitational

Wooster senior James Cooper a two-time NCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year is one of 65 players chosen to compete at the Collegiate Basketball Invitational April 24-26.

The second annual event brings together the top seniors from NCAA Divisions II and III as well as from the NAIA, and will be held at Wadsworth High School. Cooper is one of just eight Div. III players selected.

The players have been broken up into eight teams and each squad will play three games in a tournament Thursday and Friday. Then, 20 players will be chosen for an all-star game Saturday night, which will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

Cooper is on a team, sponsored by Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, and will be coached by Kevin Bille of Notre Dame (Ohio) College. His teammates for the tourney will be Luke Cooper (Univ. of Alaska Anchorage), Antonio Bolton (Voorhees College), Avery Patterson (Tarleton State Univ.), Larry Welton (Aurora Univ.), Devario Hudson (Valdosta State Univ.), Brian Stamer (Colorado Christian Univ.), and Atila Santos (Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato).

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