ROCKINGHAM — After another big week of lighting up the scoreboard, junior basketball player Jullien Cole has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by HWY 55.
New to the team this winter after transferring from Pinecrest High School, Cole has proven to be a major producer on both ends of the floor for the Raiders. He’s been a big part of Richmond’s 6-1 start to the season.
Setting a new single-game career high in points awarded Cole his first career recognition from The Richmond Observer.
Winter Sport: Basketball
Years on Varsity: 1 year (at Richmond)
“CAREER HIGH” WITH JULLIEN COLE
The Raiders are on a current four-game winning streak, picking up three of them last week. In those three games, Cole averaged 22.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, connected on a dozen three-pointers and shot 24-for-34 from the field (70.6%).
Richmond started the week with a 91-53 win over Northern Guilford on Tuesday, using 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from Cole.
All of those points were scored in the first half, including five-three pointers, which was a season-high. Cole added three rebounds and three steals in the win.
A night later, the Raiders traveled to Purnell Swett High School and picked up a 92-58 victory.
One of five Raiders to score double-digits, Cole scored 12 points and recorded four rebounds and four steals. He notched another two three-pointers in the win and shot 3-of-7 from the field.
Saving his best performance for last, Cole rounded out the week with a career-high 35 points in an 82-64 cruising of Uwharrie Charter Academy.
Going an impressive 14-of-18 from the floor (78%), Cole splashed down another five three-pointers in the win. He recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds and collected six steals.
Cole and teammate Paul McNeil Jr. (31 points) combined for 66 of Richmond’s 82 points.
Through seven games this winter, Cole is averaging 16.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.3 steals per game and is shooting 58%.
The Raiders have a light schedule this week, and are set to open Sandhills Athletic Conference play on Tuesday at Southern Lee High School. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.
RAPID RESPONSE VIDEO WITH JULLIEN COLE
In his video interview, Cole speaks about his career night against Uwharrie Charter, the team’s four-game winning streak, his recruitment goals and which NBA player he’d like to meet.
The Richmond Observer will publish two more Official Richmond County Athletes of the Week