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.”