Player Profile for Sheldon Cooley
Tom & John D. Scrappy, never quit, unselfish, Sheldon really upped his level of play last year, becoming one of the best defenders, both on the ball and help, that the Bucs have had in years, posting a dozen games with 3 or more steals. The most remarkable thing was making himself a reliable 3 point shooter over the last half of the season after 2 ½ years of futility from beyond the arc. By my count he was 15 of 33 for 45% over the last 15 games, after going 2-17 in the first 12 games, .200 in 2011 and .265 in 2010. If he shows the kind of improvement that he did last year, he will rank among the all-time best Bucs.
This upcoming season, there is little doubt that Coach Bartow will ask Sheldon to assume a leadership role. With his basketball IQ, versatility, game-changing defense, and ability to pierce the defense with slashing drives, Cooley must continue to not only produce, but also lead and mentor. Moreover, because Sheldon will likely play some at point, he must continue to adapt and improve as a lead guard.
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