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Thursday / November 21.
  • St. John’s to host JUCO wing Vince Cole

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Vince Cole, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard from USC-Salkehatchie, will take an official visit to St. John’s Sept. 20-22.

    St. John’s coach Mike Anderson and assistant T.J. Cleveland are also expected to visit Cole on Monday ahead of the visit.

    “Their messages to me was that I have the opportunity to play right away,” he said of the St. John’s staff, which visited him this week. “They are losing some seniors and I could fill in those spots missing. I like that I’ve been building a relationship with Coach Cleveland and Coach Anderson for some years now, dating back to when they were at Arkansas. They recruit JUCO guys and have had success with them as well.”

    Cole, who averaged 18.7 points and 6.2 rebounds last season while shooting 47 percent from the field and 44 percent from deep, is also being courted by N.C. State, Oregon State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Buffalo, Fresno State and Akron, among others. No other visits are set.

    “Vince is an effortless three-level scorer, and shoots the ball at a high clip off the bounce from deep with range,” said his head coach, Jake Williams. “He’s a great ball-handler, playmaker, passer, and [has a] feel for the game. He can play the 1-3. He’s constantly getting deflections on the defensive end and is a really good rebounder and shot-blocker at the guard position.

    “He has developed into more of a combo guard rather than a shooting guard. He has tons of upside with the ability to become a high-level point guard who can score it and create for others.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.