The Times 2020-21 Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Anthony Cooper, Pirates made the most of an unusual season

“Whether creating for himself or his teammates or grabbing a contested rebound, sometimes when you’re the best player on a team you have to be able to [make those clutch plays], and Anthony did that a number of times for us this year. He was just very good.”

—  Ottawa boys basketball coach Mark Cooper

“I always wanted to have a season like this one, and being able to do it was special for sure.”

—  Ottawa's Anthony Cooper, The Times 2020-21 Boys Basketball Player of the Year
J.T. Pedelty

J.T. Pedelty

J.T. is a graduate of Streator High School, Illinois Valley Community College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale who is some 22 years into an award-winning sports journalism career.