The Phoenix Mercury drafted Te’a Cooper with the 18th pick of the 2020 WNBA Draft. But she was then released when the Mercury had to cut down their roster. With Kristi Toliver opting out the Los Angeles Sparks need another guard and signed Cooper.
Te’a Cooper transferred to Baylor from South Carolina last summer. She was a much different player once she got to Baylor. Cooper averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 assists per game at Baylor last season. She averaged close to two steals per game as well. Cooper also improved on her three-point shot, at South Carolina, she shot 27.1%, and with Baylor, she brought it up to 41.5%.
With Cooper improving her shot, it helps her take her to another level because she has an outstanding ability to take the ball to the basket. Cooper is at her best in an up-tempo offense where she can push the ball up the court. It allows her to get to the rim and drive and kick to open shooters. Cooper is an outstanding defender as well; she plays both ends on the court well.
Cooper will probaly be the back up point guard to Chelsea Gray. Signing Cooper is a outstanding move by the Sparks, she will give them a spark off the bench behind Gray. Los Angeles has alot veteran talent, Cooper should be able to fir right in and learn from the vets.