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Thibodaux's Cole headed to William Carey

Former Thibodaux High basketball player Trevon Cole has signed with NAIA Division I William Carey, a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference. (Photo by File)

Trevon Cole thought his days of playing organized basketball may have been over.

But with some work in the classroom and a call to William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., the former Thibodaux High standout has landed a place to play.

Cole (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) has signed with NAIA Division I William Carey, a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference.

"William Carey was really one of my only options," Cole said. "I had to go through a lot of adversity. I had to make some better ACT scores. I got in contact with them through some connections. I called the coach (Steve Knight), and we ended up talking. We linked up as soon as I got there. I toured the campus, and I felt comfortable. I like the campus, and the coaches are real cool."

Cole is now hoping younger student-athletes in the area can use his accomplishment as a source of inspiration.

"I want to let everyone know they can do it themselves," Cole said. "I worked hard and did a lot to get to where I am now. When I was in high school, I didn't have any offers. I thought my basketball career was going to end there, but I just kept on praying and it happened. Anybody can do it if they work hard and stay in their books and do what they have to do."

Cole was a three-year letter winner at Thibodaux and averaged 19.5 points, 10 rebounds and two assists a game this season.

Despite Thibodaux's 13-15 overall record, Cole was named first-team all-district, to the The Courier and Daily Comet's all-region second team and as an honorable mention all-state selection in Class 5A.

He was also the MVP of the Lafourche Parish/River All-Star team after scoring a game-high 29 points in an 80-72 loss to the Terrebonne Parish/River All-Star team on March 23 in Thibodaux.

"Trevon Cole is an outstanding young man," Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said. "I know he really wanted this opportunity, and he made it happen. I am excited for him."

Cole played against Terrebonne High in district play while at Thibodaux and for current Terrebonne High coach Derek Szush while playing freshman ball at Thibodaux.

"He is a natural scorer who always played well against us at Terrebonne," Szush said. "He always had the raw tools, and Coach Clark did a great job getting the most out of him like he does with most of his players."

The Crusaders are coming off a highly successful season in which they went 25-6 overall, captured the Southern States Athletic Conference Western Division title and competed in the NAIA Division I National Tournament where they fell to Concordia University of California 92-86 in the first round.

"It is going to be very good," Cole said of entering such a successful program. "Playing with them will only upgrade my game. They have some good players, and they are ready to play. Everybody has one goal, and that's to go to the tournament and win a championship."

Cole said William Carey will be a good fit for him.

"It's less than three hours away so all of my family can travel up there to see me play," Cole said. "My brother went to college at Pearl River Community College so it's right near there. I am familiar with the area. I feel at home there."