Cole Headed To Big Ten

Jarryd Cole, one of the more physical presences on the AAU circuit, is headed to a league that knows a little something about contact. The Kansas City product has selected a Big Ten program as his next stop.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are piling on the commitments.

Steve Alford's bunch scored a key pledge over the weekend from Beas Hamga, a center from the Class of 2008. Now, the Hawkeyes have followed up the 2008 commitment with another from a big body in 2007.

Jarryd Cole, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Winnetonka in Kansas City, Mo., picked Alford's program over Virginia and Missouri.

"He felt real comfortable with them," Winnetonka coach Jason Ilt told "He made an unofficial visit to campus and he loved the town of Iowa City. The campus was beautiful and he bonded with the staff and he thought highly of the coach's abilities as well."

As a junior, Cole recorded 19 points and 15 rebounds a game. Ilt said there was one stretch during his year that was particularly memorable.

"He had a couple of games where late in the season we went on a losing streak. We needed someone to step up and take control and in a few games back-to-back he really took over the game. You didn't have to coach much, he just went and got the ball."

Iowa's staff formed a strong bond with Cole. From Alford to assistant Craig Neal, the Hawkeyes had this one surrounded. "He's still working on his game a little bit away from the basket but going to college and working with someone like Coach Alford and Coach Neal will be good."

Ilt called his big man a "monster." Cole has been a presence inside for Rocktown on the traveling team circuit, providing the perfect interior compliment to George Goode.

"He's got a great frame anyway. When he goes to camps and AAU it's tough to stop on. He holds his own."

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