St. John’s will welcome JUCO guard/ wing Vince Cole for an official visit this week, starting on September 20.
The 6’6” player has been pursued by Mike Anderson since his time at Arkansas. Originally from Charleston, SC, where he played at St. James Island HS and then York Prep, Cole is currently playing for junior college University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie (aka USC-Salk). He played AAU on the Adidas circuit.
Before JUCO, Cole had committed to the College of Charleston but chose a prep year. Despite interest from Texas Tech, he went to junior college, where he was a 2nd team JUCO All-American as a freshman, and is a preseason first-team All-American on the JUCO level. He has scoring touch and good bounce, with a smooth shot and an ability to drive and dunk.
A second-year JUCO available for the 2020-2021 season, Cole would have two years of eligibility remaining when he chooses a school.
On Twitter, Vincent Cole seems intrigued by the Red Storm, and has no other visits planned.
Cole scored nearly 19 points per game as a freshman on 44% three-point shooting/ 5% two-point shooting/ 87% free throw line shooting. He took 55% of his shots from deep, and got to the line at a ratio of around once every three shot attempts — not dominant but solid. He added just over six rebounds per game and 1.2 steals per contest.
Cole profiles as a skilled scorer who will add needed scoring punch next year, with Mustapha Heron and possibly LJ Figueroa leaving. The efficient scoring from those two St. John’s players will be missed; the staff clearly needs to add creative, efficient, high-scoring wings with touch from the outside.