The Jordan Brand roster continues to grow, especially within the WNBA community. Te’a Cooper, Baylor alum and current Los Angeles Sparks guard, is the latest member of the prestigious family.
Learn more about Cooper and her journey below and over on Air.Jordan.com for more.
Words from Air.Jordan:
Te’a Cooper is a star. On the court, the second round pick emerged as a viable candidate for 2020’s ROTY, playing her first season for the Los Angeles Sparks. Off the court, she leads the WNBA in social media impressions, sharing her training, style, humor and home life to fans around the world.
For Te’a, “ball is life” is more than a motto. And while her stardom might be a surprise to some, Te’a always knew she’d make it. She serendipitously manifested her position on the Sparks, all the way back in elementary school, when she rapped about playing for the franchise. Empowered by her supportive family, Te’a dominated as a high school guard, winning three championships in four years. By her senior year, she had played in the inaugural girls’ Jordan Brand Classic and was named co-MVP of the McDonald’s All American game.
Following two seasons at the University of Tennessee, Te’a transferred to the University of South Carolina. There, she made the all-SEC team in 2019 yet longed for the opportunity to play her true position of point guard. After earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Te’a made the decision to play at Baylor as a graduate student. Though the season was shortened due to the pandemic, Te’a put up impressive stats of 13.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
2020 brought many unforeseen circumstances to professional sports and athletes. After being drafted by Phoenix, Te’a was released due to pandemic-related cutbacks. However, just as she had declared in elementary school, Te’a was picked up by the Los Angeles Sparks. Though the road there was untraditional, she made the most of her rookie season in the Wubble.
Guided by L.A.’s legendary coach, Te’a made her presence known as a defensive threat and excellent ball handler. She exhibited undeniable chemistry with her new teammates, in a way that set her apart from her draft class. Tea’s massive online following stays tapped in, checking for the latest glimpse of her pre-game drip. Off the court, Te’a has spoken about owning her own clothing brand and modeling agency in the future.