Cory Cooperwood is a 27 year old 200cm forward from Kensett, Arkansas that recently finished his first season in Germany for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau playing Hebeisen White Wings Hanau playing 21 games averaging 13.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 77.4%. He played at Wright State and as a senior played Wright St. (NCAA) playing 32 games: 9.3ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 71.2%. He got brief basketball experience in Finland and in the American IBL playing for Dayton before moving to Australia in 2012. In his first season in Australia he played for the Sandringham Sabres (Australia-ABA, starting five): 27 games: 18.7ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 63.0%. He played the last two seasons for the Stirling Senators (Australia-SBL) and last season played 24 games averaging 18.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.3apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.4%. This past summer he played for the Geraldton Buccaneers (Australia-SBL) playing nine games averaging 11,6ppg, 6,4rpg and 1,1apg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Cory thanks for talking to German Hoops. You had no summer in the states as you had a time period between April and May of six weeks were you had off between Hanau and Australia. Was this a time to relax or were you staying in shape at this time?
I came to Australia on vacation to visit my girlfriend. Once in Australia I was asked to play for remainder of the SBL season.
This was your fourth American summer in a row where you played in Australia. Is the extra court competition worth more to you than the boring day to day work out grind during the summer in the States?
I think so, it is fun to play year around. Playing in Australia is a good way to stay in shape and have a vacation at the same time.
This summer you played for the Geraldton Buccaneers (Australia-SBL). How beneficial were these three months and what did you try to work on most on your game in game time situations?
This is a perfect time to practice moves and use them in games in the summer. This is when I decide on what moves I keep or throw away. My main focus has been one on one moves from the perimeter.
You played your first season in Germany last season with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau (Germany-ProB) playing 21 games and averaging 13.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 77.4%. How pleased were you with your play in the German pro B?
I felt like it was a solid year. I left Germany with a new understanding of the type of basketball that is played in Europe. I study my game film from this past season and think the improvements of my game will be evident this coming basketball season.
The Hebeisen White Wings had a tough playoff loss to eventual finalist Rostock. What do you think was missing in game three from winning that do or die game? •
I think toughness was the main factor in that game.
Except for a few games against Speyer and game three against Rostock which you might want to forget where you scored only two points, but didn´t get many shots, you scored in double figures in 17 of 21 games. Has consistency always come easy to you on the court?
I feel as if I can consistently play hard, scoring will take care of itself. I try not to think to much during games. That’s when mistakes happened. I just play hard and use my basketball instinct.
You had many good games, but what was your personal season highlight? Possibly the wins against Frankfurt, Wurzburg or Bochum?
I think the third Bochum playoff game would have to be my favorite one. Scoring 24 points and advancing to the next round felt good.
You played the last three summers in Australia, but didn´t have a team in Europe. If you don´t find a team now would you consider playing in the minor leagues in the states this season?
I honestly haven’t gave it much thought about playing in a minor league. I just take it one day at a time and work on my game. Everything else will take care of its self.
If you had to describe yourself on the court and why you could help any team now how would you do it best?
I consider myself as a blue collar worker that brings energy to a team. I am a player that can make an immediate impact when I step on the basketball court. Talking, playing good defense and communicating with my teammates comes natural to me.
What was the most amazing thing that you remember American Cardell Mcfarland doing on the court last season?
The way he plays in the open court on the fast break is amazing. He is a constant threat on the offensive end of the court.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
The only person that can be compared to Michael is Kobe. I really feel that Lebron is more like Scottie Pippen than Michael Jordan.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Cory for the chat.