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Notre Dame's Jack Cooley proposes to girlfriend at team banquet

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Jack Cooley capped a great senior season by proposing to his girlfriend at the team's banquet. (USATSI)
Jack Cooley capped a great senior season by proposing to his girlfriend at the team's banquet. (USATSI)

Jack Cooley has never seemed unsure of himself on the basketball court. After all, the burly Cooley was 6-foot-9, 250 pounds and one of the best rebounders in the country.

He was named to the All-Big East first team, and was one of only 14 players to average a double-double this past season.

So what caused Cooley to be shaky on Wednesday night at Notre Dame's team banquet?

He proposed to his girlfriend. And she said yes.

Cooley, who pointed out his 70-percent clip from the foul line this past year, said there was a 30-percent chance his speech could “go horribly wrong” when he walked up on stage.

“How did I get through this day?” Cooley said, according to Notre Dame's 247 Sports site. “How did I get through Portsmouth? Agents, NBA and then I had to go get a ring. I had a lot on my plate. I got the ring here; I got it [Tuesday].”

Cooley, who spent four days last weekend at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for senior NBA draft prospects, also was named the team's MVP at the banquet.

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