It’s been a crazy last four months for Georgia native Evan Cole. In April, Cole just held offers from Division 2 schools, but since then, he’s picked up 21 Division 1 offers including the one he received today from Jim Ferry and Duquesne.
Cole’s basketball offer list isn’t the only thing growing. Consider that since his freshman season in high school, he’s grown from 6′ 2″ all the way to his current height of 6′ 8″.
Following his offer to Duquesne, I had a chance to talk with Cole about his recruiting status and also his initial thoughts on the Dukes.
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“In April, I didn’t have any offers and since then I have played very well with my AAU team (Atlanta All-Stars). I think that the coaches are seeing my potential and my versatility on the court and see that I’m competing well against other D-1 athletes,” said Cole.
While doing some research on Cole, I found a quote from a recruiting evaluator talking about Cole.
“Once just another lanky 6-foot-2 wing, Cole has grown into a 6-foot-7 player with endless versatility. He can finish with both hands, play with his back to the basket and hit mid-range jumpers or slash from the wing. He’s active under the rim, tough as nails, fiery in nature and working on improving his shooting… which is odd considering he shot 42-percent from the 3-point line last year.”
I asked Cole what he think his biggest strength will be when he takes his game to college.
“My biggest strength in college will be my ability to score in the post and my ability to shoot outside,” said Cole.
Prior to today, Cole’s biggest offers were from Valparaiso, Drexel and Georgia State. So, Duquesne and the Atlantic-10 is now Cole’s biggest offer.
“Receiving an offer from Duquesne was very exciting as any offer that I receive. The A-10 is a great basketball conference. Coach Lawson and I have been building a relationship for a month or so and he sent me a text saying that I had an offer from Duquesne,” said Cole.
I should point out that one school on Cole’s list may have an advantage and that’s Georgia State. Why’s that? Well both of Cole’s parents are graduates of Georgia State. Are they the leader?
“Even though my parents went to Georgia State, I wouldn’t say that Georgia State would be my leader. I’ll sit down with my coaches and family to see what my best college opportunities are,” said Cole.
Cole wouldn’t say which schools would be getting an official visit from him but did say that he will make his plans for official visits shortly.
Will Ferry and the Dukes get a visit from Evan Cole? We should find out shortly.