At last year’s Notre Dame men’s basketball awards banquet a new tradition was started. Calling it “An evening with Notre Dame Basketball”, the idea was to give Irish fans a closer, more intimate experience with the team. Wednesday's second “Evening with Notre Dame basketball”, held at Purcell Pavilion, added to the new tradition when Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP, Jack Cooley, proposed to his girl friend of three years, Jackie Oberlander, at the end of his senior speech.
As surprising as the proposal was, it was not a surprise for Cooley, a first-team all-Big East selection and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honoree was named the team’s most valuable player. Cooley was the second leading scorer (13.1ppg) and top rebounder (10.1) for the Irish during the 2012-13 season. The senior from Glenville, Ill led the Big East in double-doubles with 10.
Cooley was named the Big East Conference’s Most Improved Player in 2012 and this season was the only conference player to average a double-double during the league’s 18-game regular season schedule as he scored 12.4 points a game while pulling down 10.1 rebounds. The big man was part of a senior class that became the all-time winningiest in Notre Dame history. From 2009-13 the Irish won a program best 97 games.