Jack Cooley

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Jack Cooley
Jack Cooley.jpg
Cooley playing for Notre Dame
No. 45 – Dinamo Sassari
PositionPower forward / Center
FIBA Europe Cup
Personal information
Born (1991-04-12) April 12, 1991 (age 27)
Evanston, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight274 lb (124 kg)
Career information
High schoolGlenbrook South
(Glenview, Illinois)
CollegeNotre Dame (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2014–2015Idaho Stampede
2015Utah Jazz
2015Idaho Stampede
2016–2017MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
2017–2018Sacramento Kings
2017–2018Reno Bighorns
2018–presentDinamo Sassari
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big East (2013)
  • Second-team All-Big East (2012)
  • Big East Most Improved Player (2012)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jack Ryan Cooley (born April 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Dinamo Sassari of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). He played college basketball for the University of Notre Dame.

High school career[edit]

Cooley was a three-year starter at Glenbrook South High School and averaged 20.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in his junior season. He averaged 20.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game in his senior season, but missed the second half of the season due to a thumb injury.[1] According to ESPN recruiting, Cooley was ranked as the #33 power forward in the class of 2009.[2] On February 5, 2009, Cooley committed to the University of Notre Dame.[3]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a freshman at Notre Dame, Cooley appeared in twenty games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.8 rebounds per game.[1]

Sophomore season[edit]

In his sophomore season, Cooley appeared in all thirty-four games for Notre Dame off the bench. He averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.[1]

Junior season[edit]

Cooley appeared in thirty-three games, making thirty-one starts in his junior season. He averaged 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, leading Notre Dame in both scoring and rebounding. He also recorded a team-best fifty-two blocks. Following the season, he won the Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award and was named to the all-Big East second team.[1]

Senior season[edit]

Before his senior season, Cooley was named to the Naismith Award top fifty early-season watch list.[4] He was also a preseason All-Big East first team selection.[5] Cooley finished his senior season averaging career highs in both points and rebounding at 13.1 and 10.1 per game respectively.[6] Additionally, Jack was named to the All-Big East first team.[7]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Cooley joined the Houston Rockets for the Orlando Summer League and the Memphis Grizzlies for the Las Vegas Summer League. On August 16, 2013, he signed with Trabzonspor of Turkey for the 2013–14 season.[8]

In July 2014, Cooley joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the Orlando Summer League and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Las Vegas Summer League. On August 19, 2014, he signed with the Utah Jazz.[9] However, he was later waived by the Jazz on October 22, 2014.[10] On November 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Idaho Stampede as an affiliate player.[11] On November 18, 2014, he was deactivated by the Stampede after he injured his thumb in the season opening game against the Erie BayHawks on November 14.[12] He was reactivated on January 9, 2015 after recovering from the injury.

On February 24, 2015, Cooley signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz.[13] Following the conclusion of his 10-day contract on March 6, he was not retained by the Jazz[14] and subsequently returned to the Stampede, playing for them that night.[15] He went on to set a new NBA D-League single-game record by grabbing 29 rebounds against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on March 13.[16] He was then called up again by the Jazz, signing another 10-day contract with the team on March 16[17] and later signed a multi-year deal with the Jazz on March 26.[18] On October 13, he was waived by the Jazz.[19]

On October 17, 2015, Cooley signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[20] However, he was waived on October 23 after appearing in two preseason games.[21] On November 16, he was reacquired by the Idaho Stampede.[22] He appeared in six games for Idaho, with his final appearance coming on November 28. On December 4, he received a contract buyout from Idaho and signed for the rest of the season with the Spanish club Unicaja of the Liga ACB and the Euroleague.[23]

On August 5, 2016, Cooley signed with German club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg for the 2016–17 season.[24]

On July 29, 2017, Cooley was signed to a two-way contract by the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. Under the terms of the deal, for the 2017–18 season, he will split time between the Kings and their G-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.[25]

On July 27, 2018, Cooley signed a one-year deal with the Italian club Dinamo Sassari of the LBA.[26]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Utah 16 0 5.4 .409 .429 1.6 .1 .4 .2 1.7
2017–18 Sacramento 7 0 12.4 .481 .737 4.3 .9 .1 .0 5.7
Career 23 0 7.6 .449 .575 2.4 .3 .3 .1 2.9


  1. ^ a b c d "Jack Cooley Profile". und.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Jack Cooley - Basketball Recruiting". espn.go.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Jack Cooley - Yahoo! Sports". yahoo.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  4. ^ Borzello, Jeff. "Naismith announces early-season watch list". cbssports.com. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Louisville's Siva Named Big East Preseason Player of the Year". bigeast.org. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Jack Cooley Stats, Bio". espn.go.com. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Porter Jr.'s Unanimous Selection Headlines All-Big East teams". zagsblog.com. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Trabzonspor announced Jack Cooley". Sportando.com. August 16, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "Jazz Signs Free Agent Jack Cooley". NBA.com. August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jazz Waive Cooley and Jones". NBA.com. October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "2014 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 3, 2014. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  12. ^ "Stampede Acquires Free Agent Jerrelle Benimon". OurSportsCentral.com. November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Jazz Sign Jack Cooley and Bryce Cotton to 10-Day Contracts". NBA.com. February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  14. ^ "Jazz Sign Jerrelle Benimon To 10-Day Deal". HoopsRumors.com. March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Warriors Herd Stampede For 7th Straight Win". NBA.com. March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  16. ^ "Jack Cooley Breaks D-League Rebound Record With 29". Sportando.com. March 14, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  17. ^ "Jazz Sign Jack Cooley to a Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  18. ^ "Jazz Sign Jack Cooley to a Multi-Year Deal". NBA.com. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  19. ^ "Jazz Waive Cooley and O'Brien". NBA.com. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  20. ^ "Cavs Sign Forward/Center Jack Cooley". NBA.com. October 17, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  21. ^ "Cavaliers Waive Four Players". NBA.com. October 23, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  22. ^ "Stampede Re-Acquire Jack Cooley". OurSportsCentral.com. November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  23. ^ "Cooley refuerza el Unicaja". UnicajaBaloncesto.com (in Spanish). December 4, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  24. ^ "Jack Cooley verstärkt die MHP RIESEN". mhp-riesen-ludwigsburg.de (in German). August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  25. ^ "Kings Sign Jack Cooley to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  26. ^ "Dinamo Sassari signs Jack Cooley". Sportando.basketball. July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.

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