Cole was set to go to Walsh University on a football scholarship when Cleveland State basketball coach Gary Waters decided to recruit him. His numbers improved over the course of his college basketball career, which culminated in a senior year that saw him average 21. 7 points, 5. 8 rebounds, 5. 3 assists and 2. 2 steals per game, highlighted by a 41-point, 20-rebound, 9-assist performance against Youngstown State.