#5 Tom Kopko
A four-year walk-on for the Fighting Irish … played in 31 career games including five BIG EAST contests … scored 26 points … registered five rebounds, six assists and two steals.
SENIOR SEASON (2010-11):
Played in a career-high 12 games, including a career-high four BIG EAST contests … received the Team Irish Award … scored six points an dished out three assists along with hauling down three rebounds … saw action in the first four games of the season … scored a season-high three points in a victory over Maine … had one rebound in wins over Georgia Southern and Chicago State … had one assist in victories over Stony Brook, UMBC and DePaul … scored two points in a win over Villanova … pulled down a rebound in a win over Cincinnati in the quarterfinal so the BIG EAST Championship … tallied one point against Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Championship.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10):
Played in a career-high eight games … scored a career-best eight points … played in the season-opening win over North Florida … made his only shot to finish with two points against Liberty … saw time against Kennesaw State, Northwestern, Idaho State and UCF … scored a season-high three points by hitting a three-pointer versus IUPUI … final action of the season came against Bucknell as he matched his season-high with three points by going 1-1 from beyond the arc.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09):
Played in six games … broke his hand in practice in late December … saw action in the season opener against USC Upstate … scored a season-high four points against South Dakota … scored two points against Indiana … tallied one point in the Savannah State contest … also played against Furman and Delaware State.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08):
Played in five games as a first-year walk-on member … saw action in his first collegiate contest versus Monmouth and grabbed two rebounds … also played in the Colgate game … came off the bench and played five minutes against Northern Illinois and scored five points for his first collegiate points … played three minutes against Brown.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2009-10, 2008-09 and 2007-08).
Three-year starting varsity point guard at St. Laurence High School under head coach Dr. Tom Pallardy … averaged 16.8 points and 5.1 assists in his final high school season and 13.4 points and 4.7 assists in his junior campaign … scored over 1,100 points in his career … helped lead St. Laurence to its first win against rival Brother Rice in 14 years in scoring a season-high 29 points and 8 assists …served as captain during his senior season in which his squad compiled a final 19-8 mark and he led his team in both scoring and assists for the second consecutive year … named team MVP in final season while earning all-conference, all-area and all-state recognition … also was a first-team selection to the all-Chicago Catholic League … named Top Offensive Player as a junior after leading his team in both scoring and assists … was team captain and starting point guard for the 17-and-under AAU National Champion runner-up as a member of the Chicago Jaguars in 2005 … placed 56th out of 151 players at the 2006 ABCD Reebok Camp.
Full name is Thomas Frederick Kopko … middle of three children – has an older sister Beth and younger sister Catie … father Fred and sister Beth are both Notre Dame graduates … member of National Honor Society … class valedictorian … born 2-16-1988 in Chicago, Ill. … son of Fred and Mary Beth Kopko … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as a sociology and computer applications major in 2011.