Sharife Cooper has made Auburn basketball a must-watch after dropping a double-double in his second game of the 2020-21 season.
It cannot be overstated how incredible Sharife Cooper has played through his first two games in his Auburn basketball career.
After his first game, I was chomping at the bit to see Cooper take on the Georgia Bulldogs after his debut this past Saturday against Alabama:
I just am not sure anyone could have predicted a debut so spectacularly memorable that all Fly War Eagle can think about is Auburn’s next contest in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs. Cooper’s stat-line of 26 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and three steals was the exact kind of play most figured would garner NBA interest.
The Tigers superstar has furthered that NBA interest with another superstar performance in a dominant 95-77 victory:
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 14, 2021
FINAL: Auburn 95, Georgia 77
Auburn blocks more shots than any other team in Division I basketball this season and scores 95 points while only hitting *five* 3-pointers
Sharife Cooper: 28-12-5 in Game 2 of his college career
Devan Cambridge and Jaylin Williams: 5 block nights pic.twitter.com/wdwzKUWOt4
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) January 14, 2021
Thanks for the 15 games, Sharife. Best of luck in the Association.
— ARTHUR DIGBY SELLERS FOREVER (@LonelyTalegater) January 14, 2021
No one can blame Cooper at this point if he decided to declare for the NBA Draft, as the “Lonely Talegater” pointed out he could. His stock is soaring after being held out of the first 11 games of the Auburn basketball season by the NCAA, and every single NBA squad can employ a dynamic playmaker like Cooper off the bench.
Several teams could probably even use Cooper in the starting five.
Either way, the win in Athens Wednesday night was a fun one for Tigers fans, who finally got to celebrate something after a ho-hum football season and a so-so start to the 2020-21 season without their prized hoops recruit:
Sharife Cooper is the most talented basketball player we’ve had since Charles Barkley and Tank Bigsby is the most talented football player we’ve had since Cadillac Williams. Good times at the Barn.
— Graham Carr (@grahamcarr2) January 14, 2021
Why did Devonta win the Heisman?….cause Sharife Cooper don’t play football.
— The Auburn Joker (@AuburnJoker) January 14, 2021
This is how much Sharife means to this team. If I told you we went 5-20 from behind the arc the past 3 years would you say we would have struggled and most likely lost? Tonight we won by almost 20. #sharifefactor
— Kip Cobb (@kipcobb) January 14, 2021
As Dan Dakich famously said: “Watch” in reference to Sharife Cooper falling off for him to only drop a double-double on the road https://t.co/uux6qZsHww
— Brice Bonner (@BriceBonner) January 14, 2021
Averaging 27 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.5 rebounds per game, Cooper has Fly War Eagle itching to see what he can do next.
Not only that but I for one can’t wait to see how excited fans will get the next time Cooper does something great.
At this rate, it will be at the expense of the Kentucky Wildcats on the Plains this Saturday afternoon.