“To be honest, he (Cole) was the main factor why we won state. He stepped up big for us his junior year. He played a major role.”
You were the one with all the scholarship offers. Was Cole accepting that you were “the guy”?
“Yeah, yeah. No question. He knew that and understood that and knew his time would come his senior year.”
Cleveland State was the only Division I school to offer Cole?
“They might have offered him a full academic scholarship as well because he had 4-point something GPA. He was up there.”
Have you touched base since the Finals were set?
“I texted him (Saturday) night and said, ‘Congratulations.' That was about it. Our high school (Pete Pullen) and middle school (Jamesetta Taylor) have been calling us. They're trying to get out here to watch us play either here or Miami.”
When Cole arrived with the Heat this year, people were surprised early how good he was. Were you?
“Oh, no. Not at all. I had seen him throughout college and I played with him. I knew what he had. He's just a very aggressive player.”