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Sharife Cooper

Sharife Cooper is arguably the most complete and dominant point guard in the country with a perfect season, a Nike Peach Jam scoring title, a state title and a McDonald’s All American roster spot all under his belt. Cooper, an Auburn signee, is continuing that dominance at McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) this season. Now he’s has agreed to give SI All-American exclusive access into his world by chronicling his hoops and personal life in a blog.

What’s up world, it’s Sharife Cooper kicking off my Sports Illustrated Blog and I’m happy to announce that I’m a McDonald’s All American!

I definitely wasn’t sure that I was gonna make the game. People were saying that I was in, but I’ve heard people say a lot of stuff and it doesn’t happen. I just didn’t want to put all my trust in what everyone was saying so I was waiting to see like everyone else.

It felt so good to see my name pop up. I found out at school in my coach’s office.

This has been a goal of mine ever since my sister (Te’a Cooper) was a McDonald’s All American in 2015. I remember going to the practices and all of the activities and the game.

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I said right then that I wanted to be back when it was my time and here I am!


I’m most looking forward to the experience as a whole. I’m excited about it all!

My coaches at Auburn reached out to tell me how proud they are of me, so that was cool.

OK, well, my season is going pretty well.

We’re getting better, but it’s harder because I’m doing a lot more teaching and I’m more hands-on. I’m just trying to get everyone on the same page, but I feel like we’re taking steps in the right direction.

Our last regular season game is Friday then it’s regionals and state playoffs.

As the defending state champs I don’t feel any pressure from other teams.

Teams have been coming after us for years so it’s nothing new.

There’s a chance that we could get Dylan (Cardwell) back. It’s hard to see him have to sit out for, basically, 80 percent of his senior year. He’s a great guy and he really loves the game.

I hate that for him, but I’m hoping he may be able to get back on the court this year.

Other than that, I’m still working to get guys to come with me to Auburn.

Definitely going after Jalen Green, Dylan Cardwell, Josh Christopher, Cliff Omoruyi, Greg Brown and guys like that. I’ll definitely plan to have more conversations, especially at the McDonald’s Game.

OK, stepping away from basketball, I’ve been hearing a lot about that new Tyler Perry movie “A Fall From Grace” so I’m gonna have to check that out. I’m still watching “All-American” too; that’s my show!

These days I’m listening to Rod Wade a lot more. Him and Lil Baby is who I would say I listen to the most right now.

OK guys, I’ve gotta get going, but thanks again for tuning in and I’ll be back for more soon.

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