Class of 2023 prospect Jaiden Cole has made his name known as one of the most explosive, high-flying athletes in his class.

Now in the midst of his first season of high school basketball at Senator O’Connor in North York, Cole is piecing together his offensive game, which included a 56-point explosion in a win over Jean Vanier High School.

It has been a long time coming for Cole who only started playing organized basketball in Grade 7 and then AAU basketball a year later. Jaiden credits his focus both on and off-the-court to the massive success during this season.

“My goals are big so I have to stay focused,” informed Cole. “I have a busy training schedule that consists of a balance of on-court training (3-4 days a week min) and weight room/agility training (3 days a week).”

However the basketball proponent is only one end of the spectrum for Jaiden as his goals transcend off the hardwood as well.

“Throughout (the entire process) you need to have time management skills because school work is important,” explained Cole.

“Some of the little things I do to keep my focus at school are to sit at the front of every class and review my notes every night – Little things like that go a long way.”

With four games of over 30-points this season, Cole has turned to the other facets of his game to develop himself as a bonafide top gun in the 2023 class.

“I’m focusing on being the best teammate I can be with encouragement (as that is) something we can all provide to one another,”said Cole.

“I like to train with players a year or even two years older than me (because I find) if you surround yourself with people that want this as much as you do, it will keep you motivated to aim even higher.”

As for the rest of the year Jaiden’s next stops along the way will be Springfield MA, Washington DC, King of Prussia PA, Indianapolis and Georgia for MADE hoops. In Session 1, Cole hit 6 three pointers, had 2 dunks finishing just shy of another 30-point game.

“It’s rare to find me anywhere but on the court, it becomes a part of you, like a second home in the summer,” said Cole.

“You have to stay focused, there are always going to be other teams working hard.”

Nik Zefi

Written by Nik Zefi

Nik Zefi is a @NorthPoleHoops correspondent providing Canadian basketball coverage on the high school, CIS & NCAA levels.


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