Jack Cooley has been a key part in Notre Dame’s success so far in college basketball. So, I wanted to share with you a little bit about him; because he might be a key component to the Irish’s march madness bid.
Early Life/High School- Born in Glenview, IL, Jack is a junior from Glenbrook South High School. He was nominated for McDonald’s All-American team in 2009. During that season, Cooley was averaging 20.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots. Sadly, Jack missed the second half the season after injuring his thumb and undergoing surgery. He is the third leading career scorer at Glenbrook High School with 1,189 points.
Freshman Year- He played in 21 games, scoring 20 points and 37 rebounds. Averaging 5 minutes a game, Cooley’s biggest game was against Louisville when he played 19 minutes. Jack scored five points and had 5 rebounds. There was no question Cooley would be used in the years to come.
Sophomore Year- Cooley played all 34 games and was known for his key contributions off the bench. He was 65.5% from the field (which was a team high) with 125 points (3.7 average per game). The game of the year for him was at South Florida when Cooley had 18 points (career high at the time) and also matched a career-high total with 8 rebounds.