Tiger Grad helped innovate The Basketball Jump Shot

    John Miller Cooper has become an unsung hero in basketball for his innovative jump shot. His shot was a revolutionary move in the game, revolutionizing how players approached their shooting.

    Cooper had played college basketball at the University of Tennessee in the 1950s. Here, he developed his jump shot, which he later named the “Cooper Jumper.” The shot incorporated the use of the wrist, which allowed the shooter to remain in control of the ball even at the highest points of their jump. This technique was quickly adopted by many of the top players in the NCAA and NBA.

    The Cooper Jumper soon became one of the most famous in the NBA, allowing players to remain in control of their shots and get off higher-percentage shots. It also allowed for greater accuracy and less reliance on the player’s height.

    Captain John Miller Cooper holds the ball in this Hopkinsville High School basketball team photo. In his senior season, the team’s record was 17-5. Miller was named an all-region player. (Photos provided by Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County)

    Cooper’s jump shot technique was so effective that it is still used today. Its popularity has only grown over time, and it is now seen in almost all levels of basketball.

    Cooper’s jump shot has inspired many players, both old and new. His innovative technique has become a part of the game and will continue to be an integral part of the sport for years to come.

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