Cooper joined the team as a preferred walk-on at the beginning of the 2012 fall semester after earning an associate degree from Gulf Coast State College (Fla.). The former high school all-area selection provides valuable depth and maturity. He hails from Urbana High School, also the alma mater of Penn State's all-time career passing yardage leader and four-year starting quarterback Zack Mills (2001-04).
PREVIOUS COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
Cooper played the 2011-12 season at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., seeing action in 12 games and logging 11 points and five rebounds on the season...spent two seasons at Gulf Coast, sitting out his first, and earned his associate degree from the two-year community college...played the 2009-10 season at Alfred University in western New York, seeing action in eight games and scoring five points and grabbing five rebounds for the Division III Saxons.
A 2009 graduate of Urbana High School (Md.), Cooper was a first-team all-county and All-Gazette selection and an honorable-mention All-Met pick after leading the Hawks in scoring in his senior campaign...Urbana posted a 20-5 record that season...was a two-year varsity player at Urbana and was a team captain his senior year.
The son of Linda and John Cooper, Jr....born July 10, 1990 in Shady Grove, Maryland...full name is Zachary Thomas Cooper...has younger sister, Alexis...plans on majoring in communications with an eye toward becoming a sports anchor...earned an associate degree in liberal arts at Gulf Coast State College (Fla.)