McEachern junior point guard Sharife Cooper is the Gatorade Georgia Boys Basketball Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced Friday.
Cooper has led the Indians to a 32-0 record and the Class AAAAAAA championship. He has averaged 27.2 points, 8.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 steals. He scored 20 points and had four assists in last week’s championship game against Meadowcreek. McEachern, ranked No. 1 in three national polls, will play again at the GEICO High School Nationals scheduled for April 4-6 in New York. Cooper also will participate in USA Basketball’s Junior National Team Mini Camp in Minneapolis next month.
Congrats to @McIndiansBB @CooperSharife for being named Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year!— Nelson Hicks (@NelsonHicksWSB) March 15, 2019
Put together a season for the ages. 32-0, state title, averaged 27.2 points, 8.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 steals a game. Cooper has served as youth mentor too. Way to go! pic.twitter.com/tAzlanhfWa
“Sharife is a great high school player—he is the key to McEachern’s success,” said Jesse Bonner, head coach of Kennesaw Mountain High School. “He can get anywhere on the court that he wants and can space you out with his 3-point shooting. More importantly, he makes all the players around him better.”
The award recognizes athletic excellence but also high academic achievement and character demonstrated on and off the court. Cooper has volunteered locally as a youth mentor and as a youth basketball coach.
Recent past winners of the Georgia awared are Ashton Hagans of Newton, Wendell Carter of Pace Academy, Alberique Gilbert of Miller Grove and Jaylen Brown of Wheeler.
Cooper is the brother of Te’a Cooper, a former McEachern girls basketball player who was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s girls co-player of the year for all classifications in 2015.
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