Posted On: 06/29/18 12:05 PM

Chaska wing Cole Nicholson scored 23 points a game as a junior and took the Hawks into the top ten when nobody thought that was possible.  This summer Cole is working hard to accomplish his dreams of playing D1 basketball.

“My goal is to get better at every aspect of my game,” Cole said.  “I feel like I can always improve by working harder than I did the year before.”

Nicholson is a skilled, strong wing, the type that gets to space by strength and/or the skilled attack.  His consistent ability to produce has the attention of college programs.

“I have been fortunate to talk to different types of schools,” Cole said.  “I have spoke with many NSIC schools, University of Northern Iowa, Denver University, University of Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota State University, and high academic institutions like University of Chicago, St Thomas and St. Olaf.

“I have gone to NDSU, University of Nebraska Omaha, UNI and I’m attending Denver University’s camp this weekend. As far as visits, my July is packed with tournaments and then I plan to take a little time off in August. I will take visits in the fall.”

Today and Saturday Nicholson is helping the Minnesota Fury push into the 30 win area as they try and capture another weekend championship.  The team is 29-5 entering today.

“My goal would be to keep winning games and enjoying my last AAU season. We are so capable of taking this team far into any tournament.

“It’s been awesome getting to know guys I haven’t ever played with before (with the Fury). Our team is an unselfish team that knows-how to win simply by playing team basketball. We have accomplished a lot but the best is yet to come in July!”

After July the focus will turn back to Chaska and keeping the Hawks a top ten program as they have consistently been.

“I’m looking forward to our team next year,” Cole said.  “We have strong players like Zach Lea and Connor Krenos coming back. We also have a bunch of young guys coming up that have solid AAU experience and who will step into key roles.”