Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Taja Cole transferring from Louisville WBB -- Thursday CARDINAL COUPLE
TAJA COLE LEAVING LOUISVILLE
Fallout happens. Taja Cole is leaving the University of Louisville WBB squad. The 5'7" All-American guard has announced she is leaving UofL via Twitter:
Cole saw just six minutes in the NCAA Tournament loss to DePaul Sunday. She was on the court for 20 minutes in the opening round win against UCA.
During the season Cole shared the point guard slot with Arica Carter and at times Dakota Weatherford, who was called on for her defensive skills. Asia Durr also negotiated the position.
On the season Cole saw six starts and averaged 2.9 ppg in roughly 15 minutes per game, which was seventh-highest on the team. She was seen as a backup to Carter in most scouting reports, a fairly decent defender but never really got un-tracked as a shooter for the Cards.
And, that's the way it is in the world of college basketball.
Players look for playing time. With Carter, Durr and Weatherford returning...Sydney Zambrotta coming in as a freshman...plus Jazmine Jones capable of playing either guard slot...the 2016-17 competition for point guard playing could be quite the battle and time for Cole most likely wasn't going to increase unless the off-season work ethic and skills wowed those watching.
It's not the first player to ever transfer out of the Louisville women's basketball program...although it is the first All-American to opt-out...and won't be the last one to change jerseys. Playing time. Everyone wants it but you have to earn it.
Here at CARDINAL COUPLE, we wish @teamcole5 the best and hope she has a great career wherever she ends up.