NCAA allows; Huskies’ first game is Dec. 3
WHATCOM — Lynden Christian product Cole Bajema is cleared to play basketball for the University of Washington Huskies already this season.
That word has been put out by various sources including the Seattle Times and 247Sports and confirmed by the university. The NCAA made it official on Nov. 18.
After graduating from LC in 2019, Bajema played his first college season with the University of Michigan. He didn’t see a lot of court minutes in just 10 games with the Wolverines, but he made the most of his time, hitting 10 of 13 shots from the floor including 4 of 7 three-pointers.
Then Bajema decided to transfer back into home territory.
Huskies head coach Mike Hopkins believes the 6-foot-7, 190-pound guard is a perfect fit for Washington’s revamped three-point offensive attack, reported the Times.
“He’s just another weapon out there and a guy that’s played at the highest level whose proven he can help us where we need it most and that’s with the three-ball,” Hopkins was quoted as saying. “He didn’t play a whole lot (at Michigan), but we know Cole is a gifted shooter.”
The Huskies’ season was supposed to start Nov. 25 versus Portland State, but the games of a Husky Classic tourney are now off.
Bajema starred for the Lyncs, setting the school’s all-time scoring record with 1,876 points. He also owns the school’s top two single-season scoring marks. As a senior, Bajema averaged 24.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game and captured the Associated Press Class 1A Player of the Year honor for the second straight year.
LC basketball went 52-2 during Bajema’s junior and senior years.
“Cole fits in our Husky program perfectly and we’re very lucky to have him,” 247Sports quoted Hopkins as saying when Bajema announced his transfer last May. “He is highly skilled, has great size and elevates everyone around him on and off the court. His work ethic, talent and character are exactly what we want in our family. It’s our plan to bring the best players in our state to Montlake and we can’t wait to see him in purple and gold.”
Cole’s older sister Kara, also an LC grad, was an All-American volleyball player at Washington who graduated last season.A