Oakland coach: Grieving Hooper flying back for Monday's game
Detroit -- Two days after the death of his father, Oakland University senior guard Max Hooper was scheduled to get on a plane in California early Monday morning and return in time for the team's game Monday night.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe told The Detroit News on Monday morning that Hooper wanted to come back and play in the team's Horizon League semifinal against Wright State at Joe Louis Arena.
He is scheduled to arrive back in Detroit around 2:30 p.m., giving him time to rest ahead of the 9:30 game. His mother, Laura, was set to join him.
Chip Hooper passed away Saturday at age 53, following a four-year battle with brain cancer. He suffered a stroke in October.
Prior to the semifinal game, the Horizon League will hold a moment of silence in honor of Chip Hooper, a long-time power broker in the music industry who has been right by Max's side his entire basketball journey.
That basketball journey has taken Max Hooper from Harvard to St. John's to Oakland the last two years.
On Friday, Feb. 26, Max Hooper was at the O'Rena in Rochester to see his son play at Oakland for the first time. He watched from a hospital bed; the two shared a long embrace after Oakland's win over Detroit.
This season, Max Hooper has been one of the Golden Grizzlies' biggest offensive weapons, shooting only 3-pointers -- 229 of them, to be exact. He's made 102.
Oakland (21-10), as the No. 2 seed, had a double-bye in the Horizon League tournament. Wright State (21-12) beat Detroit, 82-72, on Sunday to advance.
The Golden Grizzlies won both of the regular-season meetings against Wright State.