The Cobras were in a race against time to find a replacement with players needing to play 11 games to qualify for finals.
Cooper arrives at Kilsyth after a successful 4 year career at Alaska-Anchorage. Cooper finished his career with a Final Four appearance and No.4 all-time NCAA Division II assists list with a total of 880. A two time All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference First Team selection, Cooper set or tied 13 school records including most assists (880), assists per game (7.3) and double-digit scoring performances (32).
Cooper was named to various NCAA Division II first and second teams for his 2007-08 season, averaging 7.7ppg and dishing out 8.8 assists. He was one of 16 Finalist including just two from the NCAA Division II for the prestigious Bob Cousy Award as the top point guard in American College Basketball.
Kilsyth have been lucky to find such a high quality replacement for their injured point guard at this stage of the season and hope Cooper can be a major asset in turning around the fortunes of the team as they embark on a mission to return to the finals.
Cobras Head Coach Grant Wallace was disappointed losing Malvik but is looking forward to getting Cooper on the floor, “Whilst Zach’s departure will be impossible to replace, his scoring and leadership was outstanding, we have been fortunate to secure the services of Luke Cooper, who together with the energy and experience of Jon Lee will add another dimension to our squad.”
“Luke has just returned from concluding his College commitments and comes highly recommended. Many have compared him to a Mick Wheeler type, which should excite most here at Kilsyth, and with Jon Lee playing his best basketball at present, our backcourt should pose some dilemmas for all oppositions.”
Injured Kilsyth Import Zach Malvik and Cooper share an interesting connection with Malvik’s former school Winona State winning this year’s NCAA Division II Final. It is hoped Cooper will provide a similar impact as Malvik has made to the team.
Star guard Nikita Young has re-signed with the Kilsyth Cobras for the 2024 NBL1 season. Young put together an impressive second NBL1 season with the Cobras, ranking third on the team in scoring (12.7ppg), rebounds (5.4rpg), assists (2.3apg), while her quick hands and anticipation saw her rank fifth in the league in steals (2.3spg).
The Kilsyth Cobra Women have made their first move for the 2024 NBL1 season, re-signing rising star, Georgia Booth. Booth enjoyed a breakout season with the Cobras, leading the team in three point makes while ranking second on the team in scoring. The lightning quick guard blossomed into a high level scorer, averaging 17.5
Our Kilsyth Junior Cobras teams for the 2024 VJBL season have been announced. Congratulations to all of our new and returning Cobras on their selections — and for those who have missed out this season, we hope to see you back next year. See below for our 2024 teams as well as important uniform, registration