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deitrich cole 2It was back in June, that Detroit East English Village Prep (Mich.) 2014 big man Dietrich Cole, made the decision to commit to Owens Community College.

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However, after visiting Jacksonville State this past week and earning an offer from them, Cole has decided to de-commit from Owens CC and take his talents to Jacksonville State.

“I feel that both Owens CC and Jacksonville State can provide me with great opportunities but I feel that Jacksonville State is the better overall fit for me. ” Cole said. “I really like the coaching staff and the players. During my recruitment, assistant coach Eugene Harris called me everyday checking on me, seeing how my family was and when I went down there, I felt like the team was family.”

According to Cole, his visit, was one of the main factors in him committing to Jacksonville State, along with the fact that he feels he can grow and develop well there.

“I really enjoy my visit to Jacksonville State a lot.” Cole replied. “The campus was nice, the people were very friendly and the school felt like home, which is a big plus for me.”

“Plus, I really feel I could succeed at Jacksonville State. I  like the fact that they work very hard, push their players to be great and take care of them and most of all it’s a great family type of foundation at Jacksonville State. Coming, I will have chance to earn playing time as a freshman, and my goal is to do whatever the coaches ask me to do to, so that I can help my team win games.”

At 6-foot-9, there is no doubt that the big man has plenty of great upside. In fact, TJ Kelly of Inside Prep Sports, has often referred to Cole as a “baby giraffe” who has a lot of potential. Back in January of this year, he broke down Cole’s potential.

“He always seems like he’s balancing coordination with a growth spurt, but he’s catching up as he’s running better, playing above the rim, and rebounding with more efficiency.  Cole still needs some meat and potatoes on his bones, but with a red-shirt year he could see the court from time to time his second year out of high school.  His production will come his third through fifth year after graduating from high school.” – TJ Kelly of Inside Prep Sports

Overall,  Jacksonville State should be a good fit for Cole. During his time there, he will play against good competition, get stronger and develop his game even more. Plus this is great commit for Jacksonville State, who could use another big body on their roster.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit

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