D.J. Cooper's first inclination was not to start doing the math, but rather to roll his eyes.
He thought someone was lying to him.
The topic at hand was a unique, record-breaking feat that the Ohio University point guard has unwittingly spent four seasons chasing. Cooper is likely to become the first player in the history of Division I college basketball to collect 2,000 points, 900 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals in his career.
Cooper is the Mid-American Conference's all-time assist leader and one of the most dynamic players the conference has ever seen. But to possibly land in the rarest of air, at statistical landmarks no player has ever reached previously? The already-shy Cooper has a hard time believing it could be true.
"There have been so many great players in college basketball, I thought no way," Cooper said. "I had a couple people tell me early in the season that it was lining up that way, but I thought they were making it up.
"I can't think about it. I just ...