With Hooper at the point, the Flyers reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1965-66, and the NIT Championship Game in 1967-68. He scored 1,059 career points, and set school records (since surpassed) in consecutive free throws made with 34 and career free throw percentage at .835.
He played as a junior point guard for the 1966-67 Dayton Flyers team that played in the NCAA Basketball Championship game. They defeated North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball 76-62 in the national semifinal game before losing to UCLA, 79-64. In the championship game, Hooper tallied 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
He was named to the 1967 All-Mideast regional team and the 1968 All-NIT team.
Hooper was elected to the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. He was also named to UD's All-Century team in 2004.