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Elliot Cole of Powerhouse shoots over Young's Ausar Madison. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Why would someone ever leave a boys basketball program rich with history and tradition for a school not too many people have heard of and has only had a team for three seasons?
For Elliott Cole, it was quite simple. The 5-foot-10 senior guard has a passion for playing basketball and yearned to show everyone what he was capable of. So after three seasons of riding the bench at St. Joseph, Cole transferred to Power House, and he is generating a whole lot of buzz.
Cole is one of the top scorers in the country and is No. 1 in Illinois, averaging an astonishing 35.2 points per game. He has been on a tear since the beginning of the season, recording point totals of 35, 33, 49, 41 and 47 points. Consistently scoring at such a high level is impressive, regardless of the level of competition.
Yet as much as the numbers stick out, Cole doesn’t pay attention to the scoring. He is just trying to secure victories.
“I just do whatever it takes to win,’’ Cole said. ‘‘If we win and I have 10 points, that’s fine with me.’’
Power House is 5-9 on the season, but when a team has a player as dynamic as Cole, who can put a lot of points in a hurry, it’s almost never really out of the game.
Chicago State is the only school to offer Cole a scholarship so far, possibly in part to his stature. But all Cole wants is to be appreciated.
“I look for a school that accepts me for being small,’’ Cole said. ‘‘It’s not about how big you are, it’s about how hard you play.’’
Cole is taking full advantage of the opportunity given to him at Power House and hopes colleges will be willing to take a chance on him. Some school is going to get very lucky with Cole.