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Former Laker Cooper Embarks on Professional Career in Canada
MONO, Ontario (August 23, 2014) – Former Lakeland Community College All-American Brendan Cooper was selected fourth overall in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) draft on Saturday night by the Island Storm before being traded to the Halifax Rainmen on draft night. After a decorated collegiate career at Lakeland and Fairmont State University (NCAA Division II), Cooper will embark on a professional career in the NBL Canada beginning in early November.
Cooper was a dynamic all-around player for the Lakers, earning Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Newcomer of the Year honors as a freshman. As a sophomore, Cooper guided the Lakers to a District Championship and NJCAA Division II Final Four appearance en route to First Team All-OCCAC and First Team All-America accolades. The Parma, Ohio native helped propel the Lakeland men's basketball team to its most successful season in program history in 2012, which saw the Lakers go 27-9 and finished the season ranked fourth in the nation.
After Lakeland, Cooper attended Fairmont State where he was a two-year starter. As a junior, he earned Second Team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) honors for the Fighting Falcons. In his final collegiate season, Cooper garnered Second Team All-Mountain East Conference (MEC) accolades after averaging 14.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Cooper's professional career will begin on Friday, November 7 when the Rainmen take on the Moncton Miracles at the Moncton Coliseum at 7 p.m.
About the National Basketball League of Canada: The National Basketball League of Canada was founded in 2011 and is Canada's only professional basketball league. There are currently eight teams in two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBL-C is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world, and provides Canadians, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBL-C is dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.
Fleming, Howard Garner All-Conference Honors
KIRTLAND, Ohio (March 7, 2014) - Sophomore guard Marcus Fleming (Linden, N.J.) and freshman forward Rasheed Howard (Elizabeth, N.J.) were each selected all-conference by opposing coaches in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). Fleming garnered first team honors while Howard earned a second team selection.
Fleming averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game during conference play, leading the Lakers in three of the four categories. He reached double figures in scoring in all but two OCCAC games and finished first in the conference in total steals with 36 in 12 games.
Howard averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game during conference play and reached double figures in scoring in all but two OCCAC games. In his first collegiate season, the freshman was fifth in the conference in made free throws and sixth in blocks with 14.
The duo played and started in all 12 OCCAC games, helping the Lakers go 6-6 in the conference en route to a fourth place finish.
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