CALGARY, Alta. — Back when the 2016-17 season began, some ‘experts’ had the North Carolina Central Eagles dropping off a bit this season in the MEAC standings.
However, LeVelle Moton has the Eagles right at the top of the conference once again, and they are a threat to knock off a power conference team or two if they are able to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
As of February 13th, the Eagles are the only team in the MEAC with a record above .500 for the year. They also have a half-game lead atop the conference standings over the Norfolk State Spartans.
A big reason for the Eagles’ success this year has been the play of senior guard Patrick Cole. In his second year at North Carolina Central, the 6’5” guard has continued to stuff the stat sheet on both ends of the floor. Cole possesses a strong all-round game, and he is one of the best all-round players in the country.
This past week was another perfect example of his talents on both ends of the court. Cole scored 27 points in each of the Eagles’ two wins this past week, and shot 9-of-18 on both nights.
For his efforts this past week, North Carolina Central senior Patrick Cole has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of February 6 – 12, 2017!
North Carolina Central is Cole’s third school over his four-year collegiate career, as he was a freshman with the Coppin State Eagles before transferring and playing for the Siena Saints as a sophomore.
He has saved his best season for his final year, and it may be the year that he can showcase it all on the national stage in March Madness.
Up first this past week, the Eagles took on the team that Cole committed to out of high school: Coppin State. On the road, the Eagles came home with an 86-77 victory, and Cole put together his first of back-to-back solid performances for the week.
In 37 minutes of action, Cole went 9-of-18 from the field, finishing the game with 27 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory.
Then, on Saturday against the South Carolina State Bulldogs, Cole put up an almost identical stat line in another victory for the Eagles.
In 36 minutes of action, Cole went 9-of-18 from the floor again for 27 points, helping the Eagles cruise to the 85-62 win on their home floor. His rebound and assist totals flipped, as he pulled down 8 boards and dished out 6 assists on the night.
There’s something satisfying about Cole’s averages for the week that make it hard not to smile if you’re a stats person.
For the week, Cole averaged 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game, while shooting 18-of-36 (50.0%) from the floor. A thing of beauty.
For the season, Cole is averaging a team-best 20.1 points and 5.7 assists per contest, while also pulling down 6.7 rebounds per game, which is the second-best mark for the Eagles. He is also shooting 40.5% from the field, and a career-best 36.8% from three point range.
Cole has the skill set and abilities to affect the game in several different ways. With his size, he can battle inside for rebounds against bigger players, while also allowing for some flexibility on offense with his shooting abilities. He can play either guard spot, due to his basketball IQ and passing abilities, or line up at the 3 with his size and ability to stretch the floor with his shooting.
He is undoubtedly one of the top guards in the country, and Cole has been showcasing all of his talents this season.
For his efforts this past week, a stretch where he put up almost identical stat lines in two wins for North Carolina Central, senior guard Patrick Cole has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of February 6 – 12, 2017!
– T. Bennett
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2017: Blake Hamilton, Buffalo Bulls
Jan. 23 – 29, 2017: T.J. Cline, Richmond Spiders
Jan. 16 – 22, 2017: Jacob Wiley, Eastern Washington Eagles
Jan. 16 – 22, 2017: Dallas Moore, North Florida Ospreys
Jan. 9 – 15, 2017: Jahad Thomas, UMass-Lowell River Hawks
Jan. 2 – 8, 2017: Ryan Taylor, Marshall Thundering Herd
Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017: DeAndre Harris, Nicholls Colonels
Dec. 19 – 25, 2016: DeWayne Russell, Grand Canyon Antelopes
Dec. 12 – 18, 2016: Ian Baker, New Mexico State Aggies
Nov. 28 – Dec, 4, 2016: Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure Bonnies
Nov. 21 – 27, 2016: Marquise Moore, George Mason Patriots
Nov. 14 – 20, 2016: Eric Mika, BYU Cougars
Nov. 11 – 13, 2016: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers
**College Court Report Player of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC