Cooper Jr. and Jerrett were ready to move on in the recruiting processby Javier Morales on Nov. 27, 2010, under Sports
Eric Cooper Sr. told me tonight his son Eric Cooper Jr., a promising Class of 2013 point guard, and highly-touted Class of 2012 forward Grant Jerrett came to the conclusion “that they had enough” and were ready to verbally commit to Arizona.
“They both have been to a lot of places,” Cooper Sr. said, referring to their unofficial trips to North Carolina, Duke, UA, USC, UCLA, UNLV, and California (among other places). “Grant was starting to get a lot of phone calls, a ton of them. He was ready to move on.
“In Eric’s case, he’s seen a lot of places and coaches know what kind of talent he has.”
Cooper Sr. is a former UA guard, signed by Lute Olson in 1985, and he coaches Jerrett and Cooper Jr. at LaVerne (Calif.) Lutheran.
Although Cooper Sr. attended the UA (before transferring to Texas-San Antonio after his freshman season) he did not sway his son’s decision one way or the other.
“Yes, that is true, he independently came to me to let me know he was ready to become a Wildcat,” Cooper Sr. said. “This definitely what he wanted.”
Cooper Sr., who dealt with plenty of coaches and different recruiting approaches, found UA coach Sean Miller‘s pitch refreshing.
“They basically took on all-comers,” Cooper Sr. said. “Their coaches put it out there that if you wanted to talk to them, they would listen. They have been very open to Grant and Eric and a lot of other kids.
“We knew all along that Arizona was interested. It is what it is with their commitment and they are very happy with it.”
Cooper Sr. added that he spent some time going over the advantages and disadvantages of each of the prospects’ suitors.
“They went through each program and they came to the conclusion that Arizona had more advantages than the others,” Cooper Sr. said. “Both of them feel like they can grow as players and young men under Coach Miller.
“Coach Miller has proven himself to be a great coach and he’s got that program headed in the right direction.”
During LaVerne’s media day last month, Cooper Sr. suggested to Jerrett and Cooper Jr. to try on different baseball caps of the teams recruiting them. Cooper Sr. released the photo of the two wearing Arizona caps to the media tonight. The cap and the school seems to be a good fit.
“Grant has visited the UCLA campus like 25 to 30 times,” Cooper Sr. said. “He’s been to USC a lot of times as well as Cal and Stanford. They’ve been to Arizona, UNLV, Duke, North Carolina … to a lot of places in the last two to three years.
“In the end, they felt that Arizona was best for them. Now they can concentrate on their schoolwork and improving their game.”