Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIAVince Cole, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard from USC-Salkehatchie, committed to St. John’s on Sunday after his official visit. He will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2020.
St. John’s coach Mike Anderson and assistant T.J. Cleveland have made Cole a top priority since offering him in late July.
“Their messages to me was that I have the opportunity to play right away,” he said of the St. John’s staff. “They are losing some seniors and I could fill in those spots missing. I like that I’ve been building a relationship with CoachCleveland and Coach Andersonfor 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, was also courted by N.C. State, Oregon State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Buffalo, Fresno State and Akron, among others.
“He brings instant offense with the ability to score in bunches as well as create for others,” said his head coach, Jake Williams. “He brings experience, leadership, toughness, and a winning pedigree. His length and athleticism will fit Coach Anderson’s defensive style of play perfectly. We couldn’t be happier for Vince and his future with St. John’s.”
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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.