Northeastern’s Elijah Cooper signs with Lock Haven

Northeastern guard Elijah Cooper, one of the YAIAA’s top returning seniors basketball players, has signed to play at Division II Lock Haven next year.

Cooper, a 6-foot-3 point guard, inked his letter of intent last week to join first-year coach Mike Nestor, who is attempting to rebuild the Bald Eagles program.

“I like (Coach Nestor) a lot,” Cooper said Tuesday, after Northeastern’s practice. “I visited up there a couple of times. I liked the campus and everything. I see a program and a coach that’s definitely going to be on the rise soon, and I want to be a part of that.

“It’s kind of like the situation I stepped into here. We were not good at all my freshman year. I kind of like the idea of stepping into a situation and helping a team rise.”

Cooper led Northeastern in both points (13.3) and assists (4.7) last season. He was both a YAIAA Division I/II second-team all-star selection and a member of the District 3-AAA all-tournament team.

A skilled ball-handler with a long wingspan, he will be a key part of a Bobcats team hoping to contend for a District 3-AAA title. He, along with brothers Chris and Khalid Nwandu, give the Bobcats a trio of rangy guards who can all carry the scoring load on a given night.

Cooper said he was grateful to finish up his recruiting process ahead of the start of the high school season, one that is already being accompanied by high expectations.

“We expected to be good last year, obviously, but we accomplished all of our goals,” Cooper said. “Now this year, we’re setting higher goals.

“I think we have a strong shot at winning districts. If we handle our business, if we play defense, if we make every possession count, I think we can shock a lot of people and win districts.”

About John Clayton

Prep sports writer at the York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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6 Responses to Northeastern’s Elijah Cooper signs with Lock Haven

  1. MJacks44 says:

    They will definiltey have a shot. Lancaster Catholic lost most of their team from gratuation and their best returning player, Pinkney, transferred to McCaskey. Their biggest competition will be Berks Cactholic who is a new school this year. Holy Name and Reading Catholic combined and are playing AAA. They have a great big man in Donovan Jack and Donyell Marshall’s Kid, Marquise is a solid player. After Berks, it drops dramatically. Lampeter-Strasburg has a lot returning but no size or athletcism. McDevitt has their best player back, they could be factor. Northeastern will definitely be in the mix with their big 3. I also like them to possibly challenge York (WP) for the YAIAA title. The league will be very weak this year and Northeastern should be one of the top teams in the entire league this year. York, Northeastern, Southwestern, York Catholic are my top 4 right now.

  2. Josh Uhl says:

    They have absolutely no shot at beating Berks Catholic. Berks Catholic will most likely be the best team in the district in any classification. Northeastern will be solid and could make some noise in york county, but winning districts simply isnt going to happen…

  3. Elijah Cooper is one of the best smart guards in Central pa, and deserves this with his work ethic,and great parents who keep him strong in the classroom first.

  4. kohls says:

    saw southwestern last at york high and was impressed how tough they played them being such a young team. i think they could win the county title.

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