Siena has reportedly received a commitment from Patrick Cole, a 6-5 guard from Newark, New Jersey. He reached the decision while on an official visit this afternoon. Cole is a transfer from Coppin State where he just completed his freshman year leaving him with 3 years of eligibility as a Saint.
As a freshman at Coppin State located in Baltimore, MD., Cole started 16 of 31 games averaging 22.4 minutes per game. He was 4th on the team in scoring averaging 10.3 points along with 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He was MEAC All-Rookie team selection and had some of his best games against non-league opponents Arizona St. (13 pts.), Texas (15 pts.) and USC (25 pts.). He is said to be a versatile player capable to play the point as well as off guard and small forward positions.
Prior to Coppin State, Cole attended Newark Central High School in Newark, N.J where he helped lead the Blue Devils to a Group II state championship as a senior. He averaged 11.2 points per game that season and earned All-Essex County honors. He also spent one season in post-graduate school at the Robinson School where he averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He had originally committed to Morgan St. And had received offers from Maryland Eastern-Shore, Alabama St., Fairleigh Dickinson and Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Since deciding to transfer, he had also looked at two other MAAC schools, Quinnipiac and Rider as well as Marshall.
Cole will red shirt for the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Although the roster seemed to be full, his commitment indicates that an opening has occurred perhaps from Maurice White, who despite indicating a commitment, never visited campus. Speculation has also has come up that perhaps RS sophomore Trenity Burdine would not be returning after being suspended twice this season. This has not been confirmed.
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