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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Collin Cooper

SPRINGDALE -- Colin Cooper won't have as many duties on the basketball court as the last two years, and he believes it can make him be a more productive player this season.

The senior guard, who was Fayetteville's leading scorer last season, also had to be the one mainly responsible for bringing the ball up the floor against opposing defenses. That won't be the case this time.

AT A GLANCE

COLLIN COOPER

SCHOOL Fayetteville

CLASS Senior

HEIGHT 6-2

POSITION Guard

NOTABLE Was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer last season and remains their biggest perimeter threat. … Averaged about 19 points per game as a junior after averaging about 8 points per game as a sophomore. … Has been the main player to bring the ball up the court against opposing defenses, but that won’t be the case this year. … has verbally committed to play college basketball at Central Arkansas.

CLASS 6A COMPOSITE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Nov. 8

Mountain View at Fayetteville (VG), 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 12

Van Buren at Little Rock Hall (VG/VB), 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Conway at Fayetteville (VB), 6 p.m.; Clarksville at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Gravette at Bentonville High (VG), 6 p.m.; Ozark at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers Heritage (VG) at Berryville, 7:30 p.m.; Springdale High (VG) at Dandra Thomas Classic, Conway, TBD

Thursday, Nov. 15

Ozark at Springdale Har-Ber (VG), 5:30 p.m.; Bentonville High at Russellville (VG), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside at Bentonville West (VG), 6:30 p.m.; Springdale High (VG) at Dandra Thomas Classic, Conway, TBD; Van Buren at Shiloh Christian (VG), 6 p.m.; Van Buren (VB) at Subiaco Academy, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Diabetes Awareness Tip-Off Classic, North Little Rock, TBD; Springdale High (VG) at Dandra Thomas Classic, Conway, TBD

Monday, Nov. 19

Huntsville at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Rogers High at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springfield (Mo.) Parkview at Rogers Heritage (VB), 6:45 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside at Fayetteville (VB), 6:30 p.m.; Marion at Fort Smith Northside (VG), 6:30 p.m.;

Friday, Nov. 23

Springdale High, Springdale Har-Ber at Slim Chickens Thanksgiving Classic (VG), Har-Ber, TBD

Saturday, Nov. 24

Springdale High, Springdale Har-Ber at Slim Chickens Thanksgiving Classic (VG), Har-Ber, TBD

Monday, Nov. 26

Springdale Har-Ber (VG), Rogers High (VB) at Carthage (Mo.) Tournament, TBD

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Springdale Har-Ber (VG), Rogers High (VB) at Carthage (Mo.) Tournament, TBD; Mount St. Mary at Van Buren (VG), 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Springdale Har-Ber (VG), Rogers High (VB) at Carthage (Mo.) Tournament, TBD

Thursday, Nov. 29

Ozark, Mo. at Fayetteville (VG), 7 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Rogers Heritage, Rogers High at Great 8 Tournament (VG), Rogers, TBD; Rogers Heritage (VB), Bentonville West (VG) at Tri-State Classic, Willard, Mo., TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Arlington (Texas) Classic, TBD; Bentonville High at Greenwood (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville West (VB), Fort Smith Southside (VB) at Citizens Bank Classic, Van Buren, TBD; Fayetteville (VB) at Springfield (Mo.) Parkview Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VG) at Carthage (Mo.) Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Hurricane Classic, Jonesboro (TBD); Van Buren at Greene County Tech Tournament (VG), TBD; Springdale High (VB) at Republic (Mo.) Tournament, TBD.

Friday, Nov. 30

Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo at Fayetteville (VG), 7 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Rogers Heritage, Rogers High at Great 8 Tournament (VG), Rogers, TBD; Rogers Heritage (VB), Bentonville West (VG) at Tri-State Classic, Willard, Mo., TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Arlington (Texas) Classic, TBD; Bentonville West (VB), Fort Smith Southside (VB) at Citizens Bank Classic, Van Buren, TBD; Fayetteville (VB) at Springfield (Mo.) Parkview Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VG) at Carthage (Mo.) Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Hurricane Classic, Jonesboro, TBD; Van Buren at Greene County Tech Tournament (VG), TBD; Springdale High (VB) at Republic (Mo.) Tournament, TBD.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Rogers Heritage, Rogers High at Great 8 Tournament (VG), Rogers, TBD; Rogers Heritage (VB), Bentonville West (VG) at Tri-State Classic, Willard, Mo., TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Arlington (Texas) Classic, TBD; Bentonville West (VB), Fort Smith Southside (VB) at Citizens Bank Classic, Van Buren, TBD; Fayetteville (VB) at Springfield (Mo.) Parkview Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Hurricane Classic, Jonesboro, TBD; Van Buren at Greene County Tech Tournament (VG), TBD; Springdale High (VB) at Republic (Mo.) Tournament, TBD.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Bentonville West (VB), Van Buren (VB) at Cyclone Classic, Russellville, TBD; Rogers Heritage (VG) at Stephanie Phillips Classic, Springfield, Mo., TBD

Thursday, Dec. 6

Rogers High (VG) at Lady Eagle Classic, Joplin, Mo., TBD; Fort Smith Southside, Rogers High at Arvest HoopFest (VB), Rogers Heritage (VB), TBD; Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Van Buren at Tournament of Champions (VG), FS Southside, TBD; Bentonville High (VB), Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Blue Springs (Mo.) Invitational, TBD; Bentonville West (VB), Van Buren (VB) at Cyclone Classic, Russellville, TBD; Springdale High at Bulldog Classic, Fayetteville (VG/VB) , TBD; Crabtree Invitational at Bentonville — Springdale Har-Ber (VG) vs. Huntsville, 5 p.m.; Bentonville High (VG) vs. Webb City, Mo., 6:30 p.m.; Bentonville West (VG) vs. Clarksville, 8 p.m.; Rogers Heritage (VG) at Stephanie Phillips Classic, Springfield, Mo., TBD; Springdale High (VG) at Durant (Okla.) Classic, TBD

Friday, Dec. 7

Rogers High (VG) at Lady Eagle Classic, Joplin, Mo., TBD; Fort Smith Southside, Rogers High at Arvest HoopFest (VB), Rogers Heritage (VB), TBD; Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Van Buren at Tournament of Champions (VG), FS Southside, TBD; Bentonville High (VB), Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Blue Springs (Mo.) Invitational, TBD; Bentonville West (VB), Van Buren (VB) at Cyclone Classic, Russellville, TBD; Springdale High (VB) at Bulldog Classic, Fayetteville, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Marion, TBD; Crabtree Invitational at Bentonville — Springdale Har-Ber (VG) vs. Webb City, Mo., 5 p.m.; Bentonville High (VG) vs. Clarksville, 6:30 p.m.; Bentonville West (VG) vs. Huntsville, 8 p.m.; Rogers Heritage (VG) at Stephanie Phillips Classic, Springfield, Mo., TBD; Springdale High (VG) at Durant (Okla.) Classic, TBD

Saturday, Dec. 8

Rogers High (VG) at Lady Eagle Classic, Joplin, Mo., TBD; Fort Smith Southside, Rogers High at Arvest HoopFest (VB), Rogers Heritage, TBD; Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Van Buren at Tournament of Champions (VG), FS Southside, TBD; Bentonville High (VB), Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Blue Springs (Mo.) Invitational, TBD; Springdale High (VB) at Bulldog Classic, Fayetteville, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Paragould, TBD; Crabtree Invitational at Bentonville — Bentonville West (VG) vs. Webb City, M0., 1 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber (VG) vs. Clarksville, 2:30 p.m.; Bentonville High (VG) vs. Huntsville, 4 p.m.; Rogers Heritage (VG) at Stephanie Phillips Classic, Springfield, Mo., TBD; Springdale High (VG) at Durant (Okla.) Classic, TBD

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Bentonville West (VB) at Siloam Springs, 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside (VG) at Gravette, 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB) at Springdale High, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Rogers Heritage (VG) at Siloam Springs, TBD

Friday, Dec. 14

Rogers High at Russellville (VG), 6 p.m.; Bentonville High (VB), Rogers Heritage (VB), Fort Smith Northside (VB), Fayetteville (VB), Springdale Har-Ber (VB), Van Buren (VB) at 6A Challenge, Conway, TBD; LR Christian vs. Fayetteville (VG) at Bentonville High, 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside (VG) at Bentonville High, 7:30 p.m.; Bentonville West at Mountain Home (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale High (VG) at Carl Junction, Mo., TBD; Jacksonville at Van Buren (VG), 6 p.m.; Rogers High (VB) at Nixa, Mo., 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Bentonville (VB), Fort Smith Northside (VB), Rogers Heritage (VB), Fayetteville (VB), Springdale Har-Ber (VB), Van Buren (VB) at 6A Challenge, Conway, TBD; Bentonville West (VB) vs. Nixa, Mo., Northark CC, Harrison, TBD; Springdale High (VB) vs. Parsons, Kan., at Webb City, Mo., 4 p.m.; Fayetteville (VG) vs. Mt. Vernon, Mo. at Ozark, Mo., TBD.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Rogers Heritage (VG/VB) at Alma, 6:15 p.m.; Tulsa (Okla.) Bishop Kelley at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers High (VB) at Siloam Springs, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Mount St. Mary’s at Rogers High (VG), 6 p.m.; Greenwood at Fort Smith Northside (VG), 6:30 p.m.; Bentonville High (VG/VB) at KSA Tournament, Orlando, Fla., TBD; Harrison at Van Buren (VG), 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21

Bentonville High (VG/VB) at KSA Tournament, Orlando, Fla., TBD; Springdale High (VG/VB) at Webb City, Mo., 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Bentonville High (VG/VB) at KSA Tournament, Orlando, Fla., TBD

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Fort Smith Northside (VG) at Pink and White Tournament, Springfield, Mo., TBD; Fayetteville (VB) at Poplar Bluff (Mo.) Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Highland Tournament, TBD

Thursday, Dec. 27

Rogers High (VG/VB), Springdale High (VG/VB) at Siloam Springs Holiday Tournament, TBD; Rogers Heritage (VG/VB) at Enid (Okla.) Holiday Classic, TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VG) at Pink and White Tournament, Springfield, Mo., TBD; Bentonville High (VB), Bentonville West (VB), Springdale Har-Ber (VG) at Neosho (Mo.) Holiday Classic, TBD; Fayetteville (VB) at Poplar Bluff (Mo.) Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Highland Tournament, TBD; Bentonville High (VG) at Webb City (Mo.) Tournament, TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VB), Fort Smith Southside (VB), Van Buren (VB) at Coke Classic, UA-Fort Smith, TBD; Fort Smith Southside (VG) at Russellville Holiday Classic, TBD; Van Buren at Salpulpa, Okla. Invitational (VG), TBD; Bentonville West (VG) at Lendel Thomas Holiday Classic, Harrison (TBD); Fayetteville (VG) at Sandra Meadows Classic, Duncanville, Texas, TBD

Friday, Dec. 28

Rogers High (VG/VB), Springdale High (VG/VB) at Siloam Springs Holiday Tournament, TBD; Rogers Heritage (VG/VB) at Enid (Okla.) Holiday Classic, TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VG) at Pink and White Tournament, Springfield, Mo., TBD; Bentonville High (VG/VB), Bentonville West (VB), Springdale Har-Ber (VG) at Neosho (Mo.) Holiday Classic, TBD; Fayetteville (VB) at Poplar Bluff (Mo.) Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Highland Tournament, TBD; Bentonville High (VG) at Webb City (Mo.)Tournament, TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VB), Fort Smith Southside (VB), Van Buren (VB) at Coke Classic, UA-Fort Smith, TBD; Fort Smith Southside (VG) at Russellville Holiday Classic, TBD; Van Buren at Salpulpa, Okla. Invitational (VG), TBD; Bentonville West (VG) at Lendel Thomas Holiday Classic, Harrison (TBD); Fayetteville (VG) at Sandra Meadows Classic, Duncanville, Texas, TBD

Saturday, Dec. 29

Rogers High (VG/VB), Springdale High (VG/VB) at Siloam Springs Holiday Tournament, TBD; Rogers Heritage (VG/VB) at Enid (Okla.) Holiday Classic, TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VG) at Pink and White Tournament, Springfield, Mo., TBD; Bentonville High (VG/VB), Bentonville West (VB), Springdale Har-Ber (VG) at Neosho (Mo.) Holiday Classic, TBD; Fayetteville (VB) at Poplar Bluff (Mo.)Tournament, TBD; Springdale Har-Ber (VB) at Highland Tournament, TBD; Bentonville High (VG) at Webb City (Mo.)Tournament, TBD; Fort Smith Northside (VB), Fort Smith Southside (VB), Van Buren (VB) at Coke Classic, UA-Fort Smith, TBD; Fort Smith Southside (VG) at Russellville Holiday Classic, TBD; Van Buren at Salpulpa, Okla. Invitational (VG), TBD; Bentonville West (VG) at Lendel Thomas Holiday Classic, Harrison (TBD); Fayetteville (VG) at Sandra Meadows Classic, Duncanville, Texas, TBD

Friday, Jan. 4

Van Buren at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers Heritage at Springdale High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside at Bryant (VG/VB), 6:30 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber at Bentonville High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville West at Fayetteville (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Conway at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Fayetteville at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers Heritage at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside at Little Rock Central (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville High at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale High at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Cabot at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11

Rogers High at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville High at Rogers Heritage (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Mount St. Mary at Fort Smith Northside (VG), 6 p.m.; Little Rock Catholic at Fort Smith Northside (VB), 7:30 p.m.; Fayetteville at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside at North Little Rock (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber at Springdale High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Springdale High at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers Heritage at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside at Conway (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fayetteville at Bentonville High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville West at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bryant at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18

Rogers High at Bentonville High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville West at Rogers Heritage (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; North Little Rock at Fort Smith Northside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale High at Fayetteville (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside (VG) at Mount St. Mary, 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside (VB) at LR Catholic, 6 p.m.; Van Buren at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Springdale Har-Ber at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers Heritage at Fayetteville (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside at Cabot (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville High at Springdale High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Van Buren at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; LR Central at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25

Rogers High at Rogers Heritage (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside vs. Fort Smith Northside, UA-Fort Smith (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville West at Bentonville High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fayetteville at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale High at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1

Rogers High at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale High at Rogers Heritage (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bryant at Fort Smith Northside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville High at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fayetteville at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside at Conway (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Rogers High at Fayetteville (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber at Rogers Heritage (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Little Rock Central at Fort Smith Northside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Van Buren at Bentonville High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville West at Springdale High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside at Cabot (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8

Bentonville West at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers Heritage at Bentonville High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside (VG) at Mount St. Mary, 6:30 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside (VB) at Little Rock Catholic, 6:30 p.m.; Fayetteville at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; North Little Rock at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale High at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Rogers High at Springdale High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Van Buren at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Conway at Fort Smith Northside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville High at Fayetteville (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside at Bryant (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15

Bentonville High at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Rogers Heritage at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside at North Little Rock (VG/VB), 6:30 p.m.; Fayetteville at Springdale High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Mount St. Mary/LR Catholic at Fort Smith Southside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Rogers High at Springdale Har-Ber (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fayetteville at Rogers Heritage (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Cabot at Fort Smith Northside (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale High at Bentonville High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville West at Van Buren (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Southside at LR Central, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22

Rogers Heritage at Rogers High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Fort Smith Northside vs. Fort Smith Southside, UA-Fort Smith (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Bentonville High at Bentonville West (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Springdale Har-Ber at Fayetteville (VG/VB), 6 p.m.; Van Buren at Springdale High (VG/VB), 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27-Saturday, March 2

Class 6A state tournament at Bentonville West, TBD

"Now we have two guards that can really help us bring the ball up the court," Cooper said. "I feel that is going to free me up a lot more and that will help me with my cardio. I won't be as tired."

Those words are music to Fayetteville boys basketball coach Kyle Adams' ears. Cooper will remain the go-to guy when the Bulldogs need a clutch basket, and the offense will continue to run through him whether he is the scorer or helping a teammate get some points.

But a fresher Cooper will be a big plus, particularly late in the game.

"The last two years, we weren't able to do that," Adams said. "What I tried to do at the end of each quarter was -- if we had a break and on a defensive possession -- I would get him out, sit him and let him sit through the timeout before he would get back in to start the new quarter.

"This year, I think we are deeper than we were in the past. That will give him opportunities to rest more, but I know me and I know him. He doesn't want to sit, and I promise you I don't want him sitting on the bench unless he's in foul trouble. I just let him sub himself out if he's tired and he thinks he needs a minute."

Adams said there are no limits on Cooper when he's on the floor and wants to shoot -- something he earned as early as his sophomore season. He continues to be Fayetteville's most dangerous perimeter threat, and opposing teams must be aware of him at all times, which also helps his Bulldog teammates get scoring opportunities when Cooper gets a little too much attention.

Cooper, however, will be the first to say he needed to improve on his defensive game before the season started, and Adams agreed.

"It's just part of my game that can help take me to the next level," Cooper said. "I already feel like I can play offense pretty well, so I need to work on my defense."

Cooper already has made plans for that next level. He has verbally committed to play college basketball at the University of Central Arkansas and will sign a letter of intent later this month.

"I was really proud of him for committing," Adams said. "I think UCA is the perfect place for him. Coach (Russ) Pennell does such a great job, and he's really got the program on the rise. Collin fits that program perfectly.

"He just wants to win so badly that the competitiveness comes out of him. He's not going to think about what's going to happen to him next year. He's in the moment right then, and he's going to win the day and win the possession -- whatever it takes."

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