October 29, 2015 — Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) came into the 2015-16 Bryan College Lions Basketball season opener last night against the Ambassadors of Oakwood University (Ala.) with 1,984 career points and reached the 2,000th point milestone less than two minutes into the second half.
To say this young man has had a remarkable career to this point is an understatement. A 6’0″ post player from Crossville, Tenn., has become a highly decorated player at Bryan College. He was the “Freshman of the Year” after his first season at Bryan.
As a sophomore he earned First-Team All-Conference and Runner-Up Most Valuable Player. As a junior he was the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Most Valuable Player and worked his way to Third-Team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American. He also had the remarkable accomplishment last year of leading the NAIA Division II in both scoring and rebounding (29.2 PPG and 11.4 RPG).
As a high school senior, many people saw Cole as the best high school player in the state of Tennessee. Cole was Runner-Up Mr. Basketball and was the 2nd All-Time Leading Scorer and All-Time Leading Rebounder in Cumberland County history. His records still stand in both the scoring and rebounding categories at Stone Memorial High School. During his junior and senior years as a Panther at Stone Memorial, he helped lead his team to the TSSAA State Tournament.
After watching Cole’s performance for the first time, Head Bryan College Men’s Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske explained, “I was instantly amazed when I saw him play as he went for 36 points and 22 boards at the state tournament. He immediately became our top recruit for our fall 2012 recruiting class”
Cole’s high school coach, Mike Buck said, “The best thing about Brandon is he is a better person than player. He brought integrity and character to our program day in and day out.”
Cole has established himself as a top student academically at Bryan, and he is an Academic All-American with close to a 3.9 GPA and has had a 4.0 GPA the last five semesters.
He has spent time outside of school volunteering to work with the Y-CAP Program in Dayton. Y-CAP is an intervention/prevention program that works with students between the ages of 10-14 and includes tutoring, mentoring, and counseling.
Rekoske is thankful the opportunity he has had to work with and invest in Cole. “Brandon is the most extraordinary kid I have ever watched play the game of basketball in my 29 years of coaching,” said Rekoske. “It has been a privilege to coach this young man.”
Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.