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Shawnee's McKenzie Cooper to sign with Oklahoma Baptist

by Jacob Unruh Published: April 14, 2014
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Shawnee's McKenzie Cooper (20) takes the ball past Deer Creek's Whitney Jones (13) during a Class 5A girls semifinal high school basketball game in the state championship tournament between Deer Creek and Shawnee at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, March 14, 2014. Deer Creek won, 33-29. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Shawnee's McKenzie Cooper (20) takes the ball past Deer Creek's Whitney Jones (13) during a Class 5A girls semifinal high school basketball game in the state championship tournament between Deer Creek and Shawnee at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, March 14, 2014. Deer Creek won, 33-29. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Shawnee senior guard/forward McKenzie Cooper isn’t sure how her older sister Taylor is able to live so far from home in College Station, Texas, while playing at Texas A&M.

Cooper, though, won’t have to worry about distance from her family during college. She will sign with Oklahoma Baptist University on Wednesday.

“I just weighed it out and I took other visits,” Cooper said. “It just felt right. It was a factor staying close to my parents. I have to live in the dorms, but my parents said they are changing the locks.”

Cooper was on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City first team this season after averaging 15.7 points per game last season and leading Shawnee to the Class 5A semifinals. She suffered a torn ACL in the state tournament her junior season, but returned at full strength in time for last season.

She said she had interest from Harding, Central Oklahoma, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and even considered trying to walk on at Texas A&M with her sister.

“That’s just too far away,” Cooper said. “I don’t know how she stays down there six hours away. There’s no way I could do that.”

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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