Cooper DeJean’s Basketball Highlights Go Viral After Saying He Could Beat Caitlin Clark One-On-One

Cooper DeJean Iowa

Remember the whole All-White vs All-Black Pro Bowl matchup suggested by former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall? If there was one white dude who got the most shine from that, it had to be Cooper DeJean.

I’m not going to rehash that whole strange debate that took place online back in December, but the one thing that no one could deny was the lack of depth the white team had at corner…

And while it’s true that white cornerbacks are as near mystical as unicorns, there was a glimmer of hope by the name of Cooper DeJean heading to the league at just the right time.

DeJean played college ball at Iowa and made quite the name for himself in the secondary, earning a unanimous consensus All-American nod, winning the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year award, and the Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year, as well as being a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy (effectively the Heisman for defensive players) and Jim Thorpe Award.

The NFL Draft is tonight and DeJean is projected to be a first round pick and there’s no shortage of fans who want him on their team because simply put, the guy is an athletic freak.

In high school he was a quarterback and his senior year stats are otherworldly. He threw for 3,447 yards and 35 touchdowns while adding 1,235 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground while leading his school to their second state championship in four years.

He also ran track and posted the fastest 100 yard dash of anyone in the state his senior year and had the sixth best long jump in state history.

Oh yeah, he also played basketball, but we’ll get into that in just a second.

During the NFL Combine and subsequent meetings, it’s known that teams will ask players all sorts of crazy questions. Most are probably just to determine how fast they can think and provide a reasonable answer, but sometimes I really don’t know what the purpose is and one question that multiple teams asked DeJean fits in the later category.

Yahoo Sports posted a clip where DeJean is brings up the fact the a lot of teams asked him the same question, and his response has set the internet on fire.

“I wouldn’t say it’s really weird but a lot of teams have asked me if I could beat Caitlin Clark one-on-one. Just being from Iowa… I said I think I can, she’d probably score a few buckets on me but I think I can pull it off.”

Naturally, the initial response of some people on the internet was something like “Wow, look at this moron thinking he can beat the best women’s college basketball player of all time,” but then other people brought his high school career into the conversation and things changed rather quickly…

Remember how I mentioned he played basketball in high school? Yeah, saying he played is a bit of an understatement…

He scored 1,832 points in his career (ahead of 13 year NBA vet Harrison Barnes) and racked up 218 steals, both of which put him in the Iowa High School Basketball record books. He also put together a highlight reel of dunks that prove he’s far from a slouch on the court…

Take a look for yourself:

Now, I’m not going to weigh in on who’s the better basketball player between the two, but I will say, it’ll be hard to Clark to make up for his explosivity, speed, and extra 50 pounds of weight…

However, people on the internet had no problem voicing their opinions on the hypothetical matchup.

And many others stayed out but said that it makes sense because he’s a cornerback and you have to have insane confidence to line up with Justin Jefferson, Tyreek Hill, and DK Metcalf play in and play out.

Well, what do you think? Is Cooper DeJean taking Caitlin Clark 1v1? I’d love to see the odds Vegas puts on it and then watch it actually play out…

I know it’s just the draft and it’s always a bit of a letdown, but man am I excited for a bit of football tonight.

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