With every high school basketball player having dreams to become college athletes, some of these people’s dreams do come true. For Jonaquanae Cole, NC State is where she is going to continue her dreams.
Cole will be entering NC State in the fall of 2015. She is 6’4, 195 lbs from Chicago, IL. and played her high school ball at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, VA. She played AAU at Boo Williams in Hampton, Va. for 2 years.
Cole averaged 13 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 apg, and 6 bpg. Some awards she received a McDonald All-American nomination and also, a WBCA honorable mention. She was 1st team All-State Division 1, 1st All-Met and 1st team All WCAC.
A quote that has stuck with her is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Cole said that this quote stuck with her because “It’s something that my mom has always said to me ever since I was a little girl. Every time I would tell her that I couldn’t do something or if I was feeling frustrated she would say this to me and she doesn’t know but it stuck with me and it’s something that has pushed me to being the player I am.”
But, for Cole, her favorite quote is “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will be successful” by Eric Thomas. She explains why this by saying, ” I feel as though all the people that I look up to and are successful feel this way. To me this quote is the definition of what working hard will get you and that is something that I am all about. I want nothing more than to be successful and happy in all aspects of life and not just basketball. ”
Cole choice NC State as where she wanted to play college ball but had offers from other places. Some of these places were Penn State, Louisville, Florida, Arkansas, Rutgers, Kentucky, and Michigan. If she didn’t chose NC State, Cole said it would’ve been between Rutgers and Penn State. Schools began recruiting Cole when she was in the 8th grade.
When asked why she choice NC State, Cole had this to say, ” I chose NC State because that was the one place that I felt had all the aspects that I was looking for in a college. I felt like that was the place that I could actually call home and somewhere that I would want to be even if basketball wasn’t in the picture. That was something that me and my parents talk about all the time. My parents were also a part in making my choice, the way that they felt about a school would play a part in my choice. Also all the coaches at state are great and I can get along with all of them, they are great people and they only want the best for me, I could feel that they were being very genuine and I could trust them. A family aspect was also a big part and after having a big family dinner with the team and all the coaches and my parents I knew then that state was the place I wanted to be and I verbally committed that day. Going to the ACC tournament this year and meeting some of the season ticket holders and some of the alumni parents really showed me that I chose the right place to be. To me it wasn’t all about the winning record or how much money the school had it was about where I thought I could see myself grow and NC State was that place.”
Cole also participated in track and field. She throws shot put and discus. She said she choice to do
track and field as a way to stay in shape for basketball. When asked why she chose basketball, Cole was quoted saying, “I chose basketball because it was the sport that I fell in love with. I didn’t start playing until I was in the 8th grade so I started a little later than others and when I was younger I was a little behind others but that only pushed me everyday so that nobody could tell that I started later than everybody else and it made me work harder than other so that I could be the best. ”
If you want to see just how good Cole is, tune into some NC State Women’s Basketball games and watch her do her thing. From me to her, good luck. I know you can do it.