Posted On: 04/13/18 4:10 PM
Chaska in the top ten? Nobody thought it would happen. But Cole Nicholson’s 22.2 points per game helped make it happen, a 20 win-season.
“Our team had a great season,” Cole said. “After losing four of our starters last year, we exceeded many expectations. Each player had to step up, play their role, and really embrace the team concept.”
The Hawks didn’t just lose four starters, they lost guys that earned full ride scholarships. Cole was expected to shoulder some heavy load but his improvement of ball skills exceeded much of what anyone expected outside of the Hawks program.
“I have really worked hard to improve my guard skills,” Nicholson said. “My ball handling is also something I’m always working on. In some respects, I was considered a post player, however, I have proven myself as a perimeter player. This year, I shot 41 percent from the three-point line and averaged 22 points per game.”
The 17u year has also started well for Cole. Sure the Fury came up second in the Comets Shootout, and Cole was coming off a long vacation to play in the event, but when the championship game was played Cole was making big shots and giving his team a chance to win.
“I will be playing with the Fury this season. I’m excited to play with the new guys, and I can’t wait to play with Jack (Middleton) and Jacob (Beeninga). I have played with these guys in the past and they are two of my best friends. Our team will win many games this year. That, I know for sure.”
Along the way schools are also taking an interest. Nicholson was offered a scholarship by Minnesota State-Moorhead after the St. Cloud weekend of play. Others are interested as well.
“I have had an incredible opportunity to talk with many schools this year. For example, recently I talked with University of Denver and would be honored to play at a school like that. I like the high academic piece along with a basketball program that values team play, integrity and character.
“I’m really excited for this spring and narrowing in on what schools I may eventually play for. This is what I’ve worked so hard for.”