WOLLONGONG basketball product Xavier Cooks has capped an outstanding senior year with Winthrop University by being named Big South Conference Player of the Year on Tuesday.
The 6 ft 8 forward produced career highs in points per game (17.6), blocks (58) and steals (30) and led the Big South in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage. He was also second in assists and third in scoring.
His 36 points and 16 rebounds against Gardner-Webb a fortnight ago was the conference’s first 30-15 game since 2014 while his 11 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists against Reinhardt in December was the only triple-double recorded in the Big South.
He also became the first Big South player to achieve 1,500 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, 175 blocks and 100 steals and moved to third all-time in Winthrop history with 1,754 points.
He also became the school’s all-time leader in rebounds – breaking a record that stood for 36 years – and blocked shots.