Jack Cooley's Notre Dame basketball career ended a few games earlier than he would have liked, but the Irish big man has earned postseason national recognition for his play this season. Cooley was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press on Monday.
Cooley was the only Big East Conference player to average a double-double during the 2012-2013 season. He scored 13.1 points and pulled-down 10.1 rebounds a game overall and 12.4 and 10.1, respectively, in 18 Big East games in his final season in an Irish uniform. Cooley also became the 53rd player in school history to score at least 1,000 points when he topped the mark this year to end with 1,017 points.
The 6'9 senior led the Fighting Irish by scoring in double figures 29 times this past season. He had 20 double figure rebounding games and 19 double-doubles. Cooley recorded a double-double in 10 of 18 Big East games this season. He finished his career with 32 double-double games.
This season marked the fifth time in the last six seasons that Notre Dame has had an AP All-American selection. The AP All-American First Team was comprised of Otto Porter of Georgetown, Indiana's Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke of Michigan, Doug McDermott of Creighton, and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk.