Not One-Dimensional: Cooper & Wolters Could Lead League in Scoring & Assists

If they pace their respective conferences in scoring and assists, Ohio University's D.J. Cooper (Mid-American) and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters (Summit League) are among the striking number of mid-major players who could become All-Americans this season by guiding their schools back to the NCAA playoffs. Wolters became SDSU's all-time leading scorer in mid-season and Cooper became the first player in NCAA history to amass 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals.

Finishing atop a league in scoring and assists has happened more often than one might think at first glance. Louisiana State's Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer when he averaged more than 43 points per contest each of three years, also paced the SEC in assists with 6.3 per game as a senior in 1969-70. Houston's Rob Williams was a sophomore in 1980-81 when he topped the SWC in both scoring (25 ppg) and assists (4.9 apg).

Loyola Marymount's Keith Smith (West Coast in 1984-85 and 1985-86) and Marquette's Travis Diener (Conference USA in 2003-04 and 2004-05) twice achieved the feat. Premium NBA playmakers John Stockton (Gonzaga) and Steve Nash (Santa Clara) were among four different WCC players in this category in a 12-year span from 1984 through 1995.

Baylor's Pierre Jackson (Big 12) could become the first player to pace a power six league in scoring and assists in the same campaign since Arizona's Jason Terry in 1998-99. Following is a chronological list of guards who led a major conference in scoring average and assists in the same season since assists became an official NCAA statistic in 1983-84:

Season Scoring/Assists Leader School PPG APG Conference (Finish)
1983-84 John Stockton Gonzaga 20.9 7.1 West Coast (T4th)
1984-85 Keith Smith Loyola Marymount 25.1 5.6 West Coast (T6th)
1985-86 Keith Smith Loyola Marymount 21.0 7.0 West Coast (2nd)
1987-88 Vernell "Bimbo" Coles Virginia Tech 24.2 5.9 Metro (T3rd)
1987-88 Ken "Mouse" McFadden Cleveland State 20.5 5.9 Mid-Continent (2nd)
1988-89 Anthony Manuel Bradley 21.1 8.0 Missouri Valley (4th)
1989-90 Gary Payton Oregon State 25.7 8.1 Pacific-10 (T1st)
1990-91 Terrell Lowery Loyola Marymount 28.5 9.1 West Coast (2nd)
1992-93 Curt Smith Drake 21.1 4.6 Missouri Valley (5th)
1994-95 Steve Nash Santa Clara 20.9 6.4 West Coast (1st)
1994-95 Damon Stoudamire Arizona 22.8 7.3 Pacific-10 (2nd)
1995-96 Ira Bowman Pennsylvania 16.4 5.3 Ivy League (T1st)
1996-97 Antonio Daniels Bowling Green 23.5 6.7 Mid-American (T1st)
1996-97 Andre Woolridge Iowa 20.2 6.0 Big Ten (T2nd)
1997-98 Charles Jones Long Island 29.0 7.4 Northeast (1st)
1998-99 George "Gee" Gervin Jr. Houston 20.6 3.9 C-USA (6th/N)
1998-99 Shawnta Rogers George Washington 20.7 8.0 Atlantic 10 (1st/W)
1998-99 Jason Terry Arizona 21.9 5.5 Pacific-10 (2nd)
1999-2000 Detric Golden Troy State 17.6 5.9 Trans America (T1st)
1999-2000 Rashad Phillips Detroit 23.0 5.3 Midwestern Collegiate (3rd)
2002-03 Marques Green St. Bonaventure 21.3 8.0 Atlantic 10 (6th/E)
2003-04 Travis Diener Marquette 18.8 6.0 C-USA (8th)
2003-04 Marquis Poole Idaho State 19.0 6.0 Big Sky (T2nd)
2004-05 Travis Diener Marquette 19.7 7.0 C-USA (9th)
2005-06 Jose Juan Barea Northeastern 21.0 8.4 Colonial Athletic (5th)
2008-09 Stephen Curry Davidson 28.6 5.6 Southern (1st/S)
2008-09 Brandon Ewing Wyoming 18.5 5.0 Mountain West (6th)
2008-09 Eric Maynor Virginia Commonwealth 22.4 6.2 Colonial Athletic (2nd)