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Update on future Bobcat: Ausha Cole


Ausha Cole 5-6 Gilbert high school Mesa Arizona

Looking ahead to the 2010-11 season the Bobcat Women will only have one player on its existing roster that is what one could classify as a true point guard that being Ally Schmitt, so it is not hard to imagine that signing 1-2 point guards in the 2009-10 recruiting season was a priority. The Bobcats found two very good point guard in Kate Webb and Ausha Cole. These are two very talented but very different kinds of point guard that will give the Bobcat two unique looks at the one spot. Binford has described both as “Combo Guards” which seems to indicate to me that we could see both of these guards at some time on the floor together or with Schmitt in the back court down the line.

Cole biggest reputation is as a defensive stopper, the player who always guards the best guard on the opposing team and shuts them down. Despite what ESPN says below I have heard she has very good quickness and excels as a perimeter defender. Because of her size (5-6) the concern is about bigger guards posting her up inside, but she does have a lot of experience playing against taller players. Gilbert high school will send at least players onto play at the D-1 level all three of them are point guards in the 5-2 to 5-6 range. Gilbert’s starting line up does not feature a single player over 6-0 and 4 players are 5-6 or under. It was not all that uncommon to find Ausha guarding a 3 or 4 for most of the game.

Ausha averaged 11 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and 5 rebounds while shooting 60% from the field, 57% from three point, and 67% from the line, for Gilbert who finished 24-9 this past season. She is described as a tough hardnosed player that will do what it takes to win. She is capable of big statiscal nights having put up 19 or more points (4 times), double digit assists (3 times), double digit rebounds (4 times) and 7 or more steals a game (5 times).

Defensively I think Cole is ready to contribute from day one, and she plays the one position that the Bobcats will be looking to shore up next season so the opportunity will be there for Cole. I do not have a good feeling as to how her offensive game will translate to the D-1 level. The Bobcat team, though, will be a veteran laden team and the competition for minutes will be stiff between Schmitt, Webb and Cole so the starting and back-up spots will totally be up for grabs. I have to give the edge to Schmitt for the starting role but it is a slight edge. This will be a real interesting battle for playing time between 3 athletes who bring a whole set of unique skill sets to the table.

Here is a very brief evaluation from ESPN

Ausha Cole | PG

Hometown Mesa, AZ
High School Gilbert High School
Position rank Point Guard # 76
Height 5’6″

ESPN Overall Rating 81
ESPN Point Guard Rank # 76

Evaluation

Nike TOC-Dec. 09: Solid build with nice skills. Plays smart and under control. Creates off the dribble and makes sound decisions. Footspeed is the question mark on the defensive end as far as the next level is concerned.

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1 Response to “Update on future Bobcat: Ausha Cole”


  1. 1 AWATE
    April 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I have watched Ausha Cole grow stronger in her playing year after year. I think she will be a good addition to the Bobcat roster.


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