Pioneer alum laces up in Germany

CRC alumnus Quin Cooper signs with the Red Devils in Germany.

Crowley’s Ridge College alumnus Quin Cooper will continue his professional career, moving from the Mediterranean island of Malta to mainland Europe.

Cooper has signed with ADEMAX Red Devils Bramsche of the 2.Regionallige. Like much of European sports, the German basketball league is based on a tier system with Basketball Bundesliga as the top division. Of six divisions, the Red Devils play in the 5th division among 112 teams scattered across Germany.

Bramsche is a town nearly identical in population to Paragould in Lower Saxony, in the northwest part of the country.

Joking about his new native language, Cooper quipped, “My sister and brother in law actually live in Germany so I will try to learn German as best I can under their teachings.”

His new head coach Rüdiger Gottaut said of his new acquisition, “With Quin, we found an experienced player who can help lead our young team. From conversations, you could hear that he is a personable person who will fit in very well with the team. Judging by the statistics and studying many videos, he seems to be a real ‘sniper.’”

The 28-year-old Cooper spent last year in Malta’s top league for Depiro where he averaged 31.8 points per game.

“My time in Malta gave me a taste of European life and basketball,” said Cooper. “[It] was a great opportunity and learning experience as I move to Germany.”

Despite playing only one season in Paragould, Cooper rewrote the CRC record book in his 2014-2015 campaign, currently holding the single-season records for most points (728), most points per game (25.1), most field goals made (231), most 3-pt field goals made (84), and highest free-throw percentage (87.9%, 182-207).

“The skills I learned during my team at CRC would be leadership and efficiency in my game as a whole,” continued Cooper, “and furthering my trust in God and my teammates and coaches.”

Speaking of his former standout, head coach Chris Perkins said, “I am really proud of Quin and wish him continued luck as his career continues. His work ethic is well above par and he will continue to reach his professional goals.”

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