As the basketball season gets underway for the Guyer Wildcats, one of their top stars is glad not to have any distractions as he attempts to lead the way for what is still one of the top Class 6A programs in the state.
Senior forward JaKobe Coles, who averaged 15.1 points last year and finds himself as the centerpiece for Guyer following the graduation of De’Vion Harmon and Jalen Wilson, announced his verbal commitment to Butler University on October 6. Coles chose Butler over offers from Texas A&M, TCU, and Notre Dame, to name a few.
“I’ve been dreaming about playing college basketball since fifth grade,” Coles told the Denton RecordChronicle shortly after his commitment. “I want to thank God first and foremost, all my family and friends who have supported me, and all the coaches that gave me an opportunity to play at their school, and the coaches at Butler.”
Coles’ commitment is seen as a win-win for everyone. Butler was the national runner-up in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and is one of the more consistent programs in the country. Adding a big man like Coles only adds to the Bulldogs’ firepower while also giving them another star who is used to playing on a grand stage. Guyer finished 32-5 last year and was a win away from the state tournament for a second straight season.
Including last season, the Wildcats are an eye-popping 125-16 since 2016.
With Coles’ commitment, the Wildcats now have at least four players who have committed or moved on to top-tier programs. Grayson Carter signed with Georgetown following the 2018 season. Meanwhile, De’Vion Harmon (Oklahoma) and Jalen Wilson (Kansas) had moved on after another stellar season last year.