Tom Copa

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Tom Copa
Personal information
Born (1964-10-30) October 30, 1964 (age 59)
Robbinsdale, Minnesota, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Coon Rapids
(Coon Rapids, Minnesota)
College Marquette (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987: undrafted
Playing career1988–1993
Position Center
Number30
Career history
1988–1991 Maccabi Brussels
1991–1992 San Antonio Spurs
1992–1993 La Crosse Bobcats
1993 Saski Baskonia
1993 Libertas Livorno
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at Basketball-Reference.com
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1993 San Juan Team competition

Thomas James Copa (born October 30, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player. After graduating from Marquette he went on to play professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and in Europe. Born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, he was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball in 1983. [1]

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College career

Copa played college basketball for Marquette Warriors from 1983 to 1987. In 120 career games, he averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Professional career

Although chosen with the 44th pick in the 1987 CBA draft, [2] Copa moved to Vail, Colorado after graduating where he worked as a shuttle-bus driver from the Stapleton Airport to Vail for the winter. The following summer, he attended a camp for European scouts where he had a good showing and was eventually signed by Belgian club Maccabi Brussels. He spent three seasons in Belgium, including the 1990–91 season where he averaged 21.2 points and 14.4 rebounds. During the summer of 1991, he attended a rookie free agent camp in Austin ran by the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs later signed him as a free agent. [3] During the 1991-92 NBA season, Copa averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 33 total games played. [4]

The following season, he signed with the Houston Rockets but was waived before the start of the season. [3] He later signed with the La Crosse Bobcats in the CBA where he went on to average 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 20 games. [5] In January 1993, he signed with Saski Baskonia. [6] The following season he signed with Italian club Libertas Livorno but was waived after one game. Following his release and due to the toll his playing career had taken on his body, Copa retired from professional basketball. [7] [3]

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References

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  2. "1987 CBA Draft". sportsstats.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2006.
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