Te'a Cooper honored as Atlanta Tip-Off Club Player of the Year
by Michael Foster
MDJ Sports Correspondent
March 07, 2014 04:00 AM | 4783 views | 6 6 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McEachern’s Te’a Cooper has led McEachern to the verge of a state title, and now she has been named as the Atlanta-metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
McEachern’s Te’a Cooper has led McEachern to the verge of a state title, and now she has been named as the Atlanta-metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Cobb County was well represented in the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s 2014 High School Basketball Awards, announced Wednesday. Two coaches and thirteen players from Cobb schools were named to awards, including four accolades for the McEachern girls, who will face off with Archer tomorrow night in Macon for the GHSA AAAAAA state title.

Lady Indians junior guard Te’a Cooper was named the Girls Metro Player of the Year by the club.

Cooper averaged 19.3 points per game during the regular season, while also averaging 5.4 assists and 4.5 steals. Just hours from a championship game, Cooper still was elated with the news of the individual recognition.

“I’m really excited,” Cooper said. “It means a lot. I had no idea I was getting the award.

“It’s a big award, but winning state is even bigger. Hopefully I can end up with both of them.”

Cooper wasn’t the only member of the squad to earn high praise.

McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur earned the Bobby Cremins Girls Coach of the Year award, just days after the Lady Indians (27-2) defeated South Forsyth 64-27 in the state semifinals.

“I didn’t even realize she won it,” Cooper said. “But, I honestly think she deserves it. She’s a wonderful person outside of basketball, too. She and I are really close and have known each other for a long time, so it means a lot to me to hear that.”

McEachern forward Caliya Robinson, who averaged 11.9 points and 10.6 rebounds this year, was named All-Metro First Team along with Hillgrove’s Mackenzie Engram, while the Lady Indians’ senior and Wake Forest commit Taylor Gordon placed on the second team. The only first teamer from Cobb for the boys was Whitefield’s Eric Lockett, who averaged 16.4 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior.

Cobb is also home to the Bobby Cremins Boys Coach of the Year in Allatoona head coach Markus Hood. Hood, a McEachern alum, was faced with the challenge of replacing five seniors—four being starters—from last year’s squad, but still managed to lead the Buccaneers to a 29-2 record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals.

“When I first got the call I was speechless and humbled,” said Hood. “I really didn’t have anything to say but thanks.

“I just try to surround myself with great coaches and players.”

Hood not only had to replace experience this year, but also had to find a way to get the most out of a team who’s tallest player was just 6-foot-3.

“We set up a schedule to play a lot of big guys,” Hood said. “The way we have to overcome is to be smarter, more disciplined and unselfish, and not care who gets credit.”

Hood has compiled a 119-55 record in six seasons at Allatoona, and has had a perfect region record in the past two seasons. Before coming back to Cobb County, Hood led the Hiram Hornets to a final four appearance in 2004.

“To get this award in Cobb, where I grew up, just makes it more special to me.”

Bobby Cremins Girls Coach of the Year:

Phyllis Arthur, McEachern

Bobby Cremins Boys Coach of the Year:

Markus Hood, Allatoona

Metro Atlanta Girls Player of the Year:

Te’a Cooper, McEachern

All-Metro Atlanta Girls First Team:

Mackenzie Engram, Hillgrove

Caliya Robinson, McEachern

All-Metro Atlanta Boys First Team:

Eric Lockett, Whitefield

All-Metro Atlanta Girls Second Team:

Taylor Gordon, McEachern

All-Metro Atlanta Boys Second Team:

Jaylen Brown, Wheeler; Kyle Castlin, Hillgrove; Daniel Fowler, Allatoona

All-Metro Atlanta Boys Third Team:

Avery Patterson, Wheeler

All-Metro Atlanta Girls Honorable Mention:

Nikira Goings, Osborne

All-Metro Atlanta Boys Honorable Mention:

Kendall Crute, North Cobb Christian; Ty Hudson, Pebblebrook; Elijah Weems, Walton

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Lady Indian Fan
March 09, 2014
Te'a is a great player and a genuine good person. The negative comments don't mean a thing. She's a 2-time State Champion no other team or player in Cobb county can make that claim. Oh make a note of this - she might just be 3-time champ following next season as well. Keep you sour grapes!
The Truth
March 11, 2014
Te'a is agreat player and nobody can take that away from her. Her dad being a recruiter doesn't change the type of player she is. She didn'tget Player of the Region because her dad screwed that up for her. Several of the coaches didn't vote for her or Caliya because of the reputation McEachern has established for recruiting players. That is the truth. However, I am pretty sure Mr. Cooper could care less and they would much rather have a 3rd State title next season which is exactly what they will have after this summer's recruiting season.
region 4 Coach
March 07, 2014
She will get player of the year for the metro area but want even get player of the year for her region. Probably because all of the region coaches can't stand Coach Arthur and Te'a cheating dad Omar.
March 07, 2014
Wow, keeping it classy, 'region 4 Coach.' A teenage student athlete receives an accolade and you just have to chime in with a tacky criticism. Didn't your mother teach you, 'If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?'

This is a young lady involved in this story. Not the ADULTS you are gearing your hostility towards. Take it up with authority or give it a rest. You and the other constant bashers have beaten a dead horse. Outsiders like me are now cheering loudly for Te'a and the Lady Indians!

I sure hope you don't have children of your own. If you do, would you want someone treating yours in this manner?
Girls Basketball
March 07, 2014
Te'a Cooper is a fantastic guard who will be an even better player when better coaches have her and she is no longer at home.
Hey Now
March 08, 2014
Our parents also taught me that cheating was wrong.
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