GH's Cole eager to put hoops rumors to rest

After playing limited minutes throughout the regular season, Grand Haven junior Abby Cole showed her true potential on the basketball court during the late stages of the Buccaneers' state championship run.
Matt DeYoung
Apr 17, 2012


Her spectacular efforts in the state quarterfinals, semifinals and finals gave Grand Haven fans a glimpse of what the Bucs’ 6-foot, 5-inch center could accomplish next year.

Cole, however, wasn’t sure she’d be playing basketball as a senior.

That’s because she’s already committed to play volleyball at the University of Michigan once her high school career comes to a close, and many Division 1 volleyball coaches ask that their top recruits give up other sports in order to focus solely on volleyball.

“Ultimately, it’s my decision, but I wanted to talk to (coach Mark Rosen) and see what he had to say,” Cole said. “And I would have respected whatever he said.”

Cole talked to Rosen this past weekend and he gave her the green light to continue playing basketball.

“Actually, he said it would be hard to imagine me not playing basketball next year,” Cole said. “He said he thinks basketball makes me a stronger athlete.

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised, but I was hoping that’s what he would say. I was very excited, because I want to play next year.”

Cole said rumors have been swirling around the hallways of Grand Haven High School about her status on the Bucs’ basketball team next winter and she’s excited to put those rumors to rest.

“Especially after basketball season, a lot of people have been coming up to me saying they heard I wasn’t going to play basketball next season,” Cole said. “In my mind, I knew I wanted to play basketball my senior year, but I also knew I had to talk to Mark Rosen.”

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