Kendall Cooper

Position: Center
Height: 6-3 / 191 cms
Weight: 190 lbs / 86 kgs
High School: St. Anthony High School ‘13
Hometown: Carson, California

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medal: 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Member of the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record, captured the gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and qualified the U.S. for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship; averaged 3.0 ppg. and 5.2 rpg.
  • Participated in the 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials and was transferred to the 2012 USA U18 National Team Trials roster on May 20.
  • Participated in the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials.

College Notes

  • UCLA, Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky, Arizona State are favorites, but is still open and considering other schools as well.

High School Honors & Recognition

  • California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division IV third team (2012) and Player of the Year (2011).
  • All-CIF Division 4A first team (2011).
  • Long Beach Press Telegram Player of the Year (2011, 2012) and Dream Team selection (2010, 2011, 2012).
  • Santa Fe League MVP (2011).
  • All-Santa Fe League first team (2010, 2011).
  • All-CIF Division 5A first team (2010).
  • Cal-Hi Sports first team (2010).
  • Long Beach Century Club Basketball Player of the Year (2011).
  • St. Anthony High School Athlete of the Year (2011).

High School Notes

  • Has played three varsity seasons at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, Calif.
  • Has 87 career starts and has compiled 1,189 points, 931 rebounds, 94 assists, 136 steals and 317 blocks.
  • Lists a career game of 36 points, 23 rebounds and three blocks against St. Paul on Jan. 26, 2011 against St. Paul.
  • As a junior in 2011-12, averaged 16.2 ppg., 12.5 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.8 spg. and 4.4. bpg. to help her team to a 15-12 record.
  • As a sophomore in 2010-11, averaged 14.8 ppg., 11.8 rpg., 1.8 spg. and 3.6 bpg. to help her team to a 21-9 record and the CIF Division 4A championship; shot 64.0% from the field, 50.0% from 3-point and 51.0% from the line.
  • As a freshman in 2009-10, averaged 10.9 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 1.2 spg. and 3.1 bpg. to help her team to a 25-10 record; shot 60.0% from the field, 14.0% from 3-point and 59.0% from the line.
  • Plays AAU for Cal Storm-Team Taurasi, also has played with Team Xpress, GBL and the South Bay Waves.

Personal Notes

  • Born Kendall Alesse Cooper on Aug. 18, 1995, in Harbor City, Calif.
  • Listed on her school’s honor roll in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
  • Daughter of Michael Cooper and Stephanie McCravey-Cooper; has one brother, Michael Cooper, II (13), and one sister, Jourdan (18).
  • Hails from a long line of U.S. servicemen and women, including U.S. Army veterans Clay McCravey (grandfather), George McCravey (uncle), Frank S. Monk (uncle) and Rashaan McCravey (cousin); U.S. Marine Corps veteran Edward Cooper (grandfather); and U.S. Airforce veterans Kathy McCravey (aunt) and Edward McCravey (uncle).
  • Would like to study dentistry and maybe minor in broadcast communications in college.
  • Cousin, Tony Smith, played basketball at Marquette and for the NBA Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks; father, Michael Cooper, played basketball at Cal State Los Angeles; sister, Jourdan, played basketball at UC Riverside in 2011-12.
  • Also ran track and competed in the shot put in high school, but never considered competing in track and field in college.
  • Growing up, her mother had her try every sport, so she played soccer, softball, etc., and her first basketball experience was around age five. After giving up softball and soccer because it was too hot and there were too many bugs, she started to get a littl more serious around the sixth grade.
  • Tweets under the handle: @_kaaayceee.

Inside Scoop

  • Favorite sport other than basketball: Is there any other?
  • Favorite foods: cupcakes and southern soul food.
  • Favorite class: History.
  • Favorite basketball players: Kevin Durant and Candace Parker.
  • Favorite basketball team: Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • Favorite Olympian: Lisa Leslie.
  • Most played song on your iPod: Thinking About You, Frank Ocean.
  • Piece of clothing you can’t live without: Compression shorts.
  • The best players you’ve played against: Stephanie Mavunga, Taya Remer, and Breanna Stewart.
  • Most impressive person you’ve met: Lisa Leslie, because she is an athlete, an entrepreneur, mother and she is beautiful, articulate and poised.
  • You’d compare your game to: Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki.
  • This right hander wears No. 12 because: my dad was No. 24 in college, and I feel like half my basketball skills come from him.
  • Away from the court, you enjoy: Twitter, hanging out with my mom and sister, annoying my little brother, movies and music.
  • Most people don’t know: I sing and dance randomly, and I'm obsessd with cupcakes and fingernail polish
  • Most interesting place you’ve visited: Japan, because of the history.
  • Superstitious about: splitting the pole and stepping on the lines of sidewalks.
  • Top 5 movies of all time: Finding Nemo, Malibu's Most Wanted, Baby Boy, The Little Mermaid and The Help.
  • Favorite non-sports mag: Seventeen.
  • Favorite sports mag: ESPN.
  • Favorite Gatorade flavor: Fruit Punch - G2 Series.
  • My pets are: Two dogs. Deuces is a male shepherd/husky mix and Nike is a male pure shepherd.
  • If you could drive anything, what would it be? Ford Flex.
  • I currently drive: my mother crazy.
  • Favorite Twitter account you follow: Tina Thompson, because she follows me back!
  • Batman or Superman? Batman.
  • Indoor or beach volleyball? Beach.
  • Sprints or long-distance running? Sprints.
  • Cricket or lawn bowling? Lawn bowling.
  • Scrabble or Words with Friends? Scrabble (old-school style, sitting around a table).
  • Favorite app: Instagram.
  • Memories of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing: The opening ceremony was incredible with all of the choregraphy and seeing the athletes parade was pretty amazing. Watching Michael Phelps became almost like an addiction. I wanted to see him in action and win another medal, then another, then another. Of course, I watched the basketball games, both men and women. The competition was through the roof.
  • Favorite players on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team: Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi.

USA Basketball Statistics:

2012 U18