Lonnie Cooper to be inducted into Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame
RUSTON – For the second straight year, a Bulldog will join some elite company as the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) announced on Monday that Lonnie Cooper will be inducted into the 2019 Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Cooper’s induction will be held in conjunction with the LABC’s 45th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 4. He becomes the 15th Bulldog (the late Tommy Joe Eagles was inducted last year) which is the second most of any program in the state.
The Tallulah native was a consensus Top 50 national prospect out of McCall High School and he chose to stay close home to play at Louisiana Tech.
And from 1995-99, Cooper shined for the Bulldogs, becoming a three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection. He was also a two-time First Team All-Louisiana honoree and was named the Louisiana Player of the Year in 1999 after helping lead the ‘Dogs to a SBC regular season title.
One can find Cooper’s name all throughout the LA Tech record book. For starters, he finished his career with 1,451 points (14.0 average) which currently ranks 19th all-time in program history.
He has the third most made three-pointers in program history with 219 and still holds the program record for highest free throw percentage in a single season at 92.1 percent which he set his senior year (also led the nation that season).
The guard could do a lot more than score too. He finished with 523 career assists and 153 steals which ranks third and sixth in program history, respectively.
He will join former Bulldog greats Jackie Moreland, Cecil Crowley, Mike Green, Scotty Robertson, Billy Wiggins, Mike McConathy, Karl Malone, George Corley, Andy Russo, P.J. Brown, Randy White, Dave Simmons, Lanky Wells and Tommy Joe Eagles as members of the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was created in 1975 to honor former great basketball players and coaches from Louisiana universities and colleges.
The Hall of Fame display was originally located in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at LSU in Baton Rouge. In 2008, the display was moved to Louisiana’s historical Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge where it contains plaques and mementos of persons elected, along with other historical basketball memorabilia.
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