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auzach91
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He also went to where I woulda gone to HS if we didn’t move in middle school and where my parents graduated from. Josh Smith was the last Mceachern kid to go to the hawks and he turned out pretty well. I am beyond pumped. Will be buying his jersey immediately
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GenesChin
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He is elite at one thing.........passing.


Cooper has an elite handle, high level finisher and elite at getting to the FT line.

He sucks at Defense and shooting. It is hard to imagine he doesn't figure out shooting, he has too much body control + high FT% to not be able to rebuild his shot. On defense, he just has to hope they can hide him in the corner.


CorchJay
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
I like Cooper but how's he going to get on the court with Trae Young there?

I expect Thor to be a superstar in about 5-6 years if he continues his work on strength and defense.

Congrats to both young men.


Leto II
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He also went to where I woulda gone to HS if we didn’t move in middle school and where my parents graduated from. Josh Smith was the last Mceachern kid to go to the hawks

My brother in law has to play against Josh Smith He went to Kennesaw Mountain.

My son is thrilled about Sharif. He’s a huge Hawks fan and obviously a big Auburn fan as well.


Smoke7024
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
Trae isn’t going to play 48 minutes a game.


CorchJay
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bro I'm not going to try to burst your bubble about Cooper being on the Hawks but probably one of the worst situations for him for professional development.

Trae plays about 34 minutes per game. But we all know Cooper has areas to improve on maybe it's good he is with a good shooter to push him. Neither are good defensively.


Smoke7024
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Don’t really agree. There’s a backup PG role up for grabs and he has a chance to learn from one of the best PGs in the league. He’s not going to instantly step on the court and start for anyone right now. I don’t see him ever being a star in the NBA, so a chance at a solid backup role isn’t a bad thing, IMO.


CorchJay
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
Smoke I agree with you. I could see a Chris Paul type if he can get better defensively and develop a pull up jump shot off the drive. I think he can get better with his suddeness and quicks just has to have to want to. Play good defense and stay in the league 12+ years.


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GenesChin
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I like Cooper but how's he going to get on the court with Trae Young there?


Trae Young avg 34mpg. Cooper being able to fight for 10-15mpg is soliD for a RD2 pick


TheJones
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He’s gotta figure out defense first. That buys him time to work on the shot. Teams will work with that profile


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auzach91
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He went to Kennesaw Mountain.


That’s where I went. Graduated 09. I’m guessing he was one of the first classes if he played vs Josh Smith tho. Josh came to a couple of our games when his nephew or cousin one was on our team in 07. When Josh was at Mceachern they had Morris Almond too. No fricking clue how they didn’t win a state title with those two. Then he left for Oak Hill his junior year.
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AuSteeler
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
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He may fall to Hawks


And he did



You nailed it on Coop and the Hawks. Nice....

It just goes to show us as fans, take with a grain of salt all this pub that was coming out to the media about how well he was doing in the combines, and he was going to be the best PG available in the draft....

I think there were 10 PGs taken ahead of him.

In the end it ended up being like many of us were concerned with, and that was his lack of D and his weak outside shot.

I just hate that for both he and Thor their contracts are not guaranteed I think since they went in 2nd round...


TheJones
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
4* PG/4* S Tre Donaldson is announcing something tonight


AuSteeler
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4* PG/4* S Tre Donaldson is announcing something tonight


I wonder if FSU has snuck in there now? I saw where they offered him.

Haven't heard much noise from AU Crystal ballers?


TheJones
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He announces Aug 19th. He’ll probably focus on bball. I’m OK missing on him if that’s the case. He’s a multi year guy if not which we know has it’s own benefits


Ccslimm
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
He won’t, Atlanta’s G league team will be back and there he will end up like most 2nd round pics


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jangalang
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
The Jones, apparently Zion Cruz announces that day as well. Should be a great day for Auburn.


TTsTowel
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CorchJay
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So happy for all these guys but it's so weird having someone play good enough to get drafted and we don't even know them after only 1 year.


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GenesChin
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re: #tAuburnBasketball Thread
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I like Cooper but how's he going to get on the court with Trae Young there?


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He won’t, Atlanta’s G league team will be back and there he will end up like most 2nd round pics


So the Hawks signed him to a two-way contract. I imagine he will be stuck in the GLeague until he proves shooting improvement + effort on defense.

If Cooper proves himself, he has a very clear path to spending time on the Hawks roster. Trae averages only 35mpg and the only backup PG for the remaining 10-15 mpg is 34YO vet Lou Williams on a 1 YR deal.

The obvious paths are injuries but in today's league, it is very likely that during mid season grinds, a 3rd PG is called up for load management relief



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