SPERRY — Sperry forward C.J. Cole always dreamed of being able to play Division I basketball, but he was still a little surprised by the way the opportunity with Oklahoma came about.
“I'm not even sure where OU heard about me or saw me,” Cole said with a laugh. “Just one day at practice, coach (Lance Kight) said, ‘Lon Kruger called about you,' and I was shocked.
“They asked for some film and wanted to come watch practice. Maybe they saw me at a tournament, but I never saw them.”
Before long, Cole had an offer to join the team as a preferred walk-on.
Cole had been putting up good numbers for a while, but he was dominant as a senior, averaging 21.6 points and 16.6 rebounds in helping Sperry to its first-ever state tournament appearance and earning a spot on The Oklahoman's Super 5.
But recruiting always brought some frustration.
“At first, it was all small Division II schools recruiting me,” Cole said. “There was a little bit of doubt that I could make it, but I tried to stay confident.
“I started getting some D-I letters, and then, once Davidson started recruiting me, I started to think that I could make it to a major D-I school.”