A quick, athletic point guard and solid defender who can create off the dribble and has the ability to score ... Cooper will be looked upon to provide depth this season ... Son of his high school and AAU coach, Aaron is a very knowledgeable and teachable young player with a great future ahead.
An all-state selection his senior season, Cooper led the North Pulaski Falcons to a 26-6 record in 2009-10 ... The Little Rock, Ark., squad lost a one-point overtime decision to Wynne in the Arkansas Class 5A state semifinals ... Team was 13-1 in the Southeast Conference en route to winning a conference championship for the second straight season ... Was named conference MVP and represented the East Team in the Arkansas All-Star Game ... The McDonald's All-American nominee finished with 561 (17.0) points and also averaged 5.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game ... Also earned Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-State honors ... Is the all-time leading scorer at North Pulaski ... Scout.com and Rivals.com rated him as a two-star recruit, while ESPN.com gave him a Scouts Grade of 80 on its grading scale, calling him "a tough, hard-nosed point guard that can run a team, but also looks to score" ... Was also all-state and conference MVP as a junior in 2008-09 ... Averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds his junior season with 5.5 assists while helping the team to a 26-7 record and state tournament appearance ... He also made 84-percent of his free throws and knocked down 52 three-pointers ... Earned Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore Team and all-conference honors in 2007-08 ... Also averaged double figures as a freshman (11.0) and sophomore (15.0) ... Helped the Arkansas Wings to a U16 national championship in 2007 ... Team also placed fourth at the 2009 Junior AAU Nationals and made the final eight at the Nike Peach Jam ... Signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Missouri State on Nov. 12, 2009.
Aaron Thomas Cooper was born 10/22/91 in Little Rock, Ark. ... He is the son of Raymond and Treva Cooper of Little Rock ... Has two brothers, Quinn and Javon, and a sister, Jalynn ... Father played football and basketball at Arkansas State ... Undecided on major ... Favorite movies are Love and Basketball, John Q, and The Hangover ... Watches Family Guy and Tyler Perry House of Pain ... Favorite dish is anything with Rotel cheese dip ... Participated in team service project at The Kitchen ... Wants to be a high school teacher and coach after college.