Russell County basketball playerRodney Cooper
was honored as an Alabama Sports Writers Association Super Five selection on Wednesday during a ceremony in Birmingham, Ala.
The ASWA named Butler’s Trevor Lacey and West Morgan's Hayden Hamby as Mr. and Miss Basketball at the ceremony.
Lacey, who also won Mr. Basketball honors last year, and Cooper were joined in the boys Super Five by Class 5A Player of the Year Ricky Tarrant of Pleasant Grove, two-time Class 6A Player of the Year Levi Randolph of Bob Jones and Class 3A Player of the Year Kevin May of Sumter County. Cooper and Randolph are also AAU teammates and close friends who committed to Alabama together as juniors.
Wednesday’s honors were just the latest for Cooper, a 6-foot-6 Alabama signee who averaged 31.3 points and 10.4 rebounds a game in 2010-11 to lead the Warriors to the Class 5A quarterfinals. In recent weeks has been named the Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City Boys Basketball Player of the Year and a first-team Parade All-American.