Athlete Profile: Cole Letter

Bonduel senior a scoring machine on basketball court

BONDUEL — The Bonduel High School boys basketball team needed a player to step up and carry the scoring load for the winter season. Enter Cole Letter.

The senior has been a nightmare for opposing teams to defend, as he’s scored over 20 points in all but one game this season. Letter has scored over 30 points two times — against Weyauwega-Fremont (34) and Green Bay West (31). His 34-point game was his career-high point total as of Wednesday.

Letter has hit three or more 3-pointers in four of Bonduel’s five games and gets to the free throw line several times per game.

“Cole is without question the leader of our team. He has taken his game to the highest level this year and is clearly our best player,” said Bonduel coach Duke Copp. “In 22 years of coaching, Cole is definitely the hardest working player I’ve ever coached.”

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: Oddly enough, I chose wrestling over basketball at a very young age (kindergarten), but after losing to a very talented girl in my first ever match, I decided wrestling wasn’t for me. Soon after that, I picked up the basketball and nothing has been the same since.

Q: What is your favorite part about the basketball season?

A: I enjoy everything about it. Being able to play the game I love with great friends and coaches is a blessing from God that is unbeatable. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Q: You seem to thrive in a leadership role. What about being a team leader appeals to you?

A: I’m very passionate about basketball, which drives how serious I take every practice, workout or game. With that passion, I fall into a leadership position where I do everything possible to help the team reach full potential. I guess you could say my passion is what pushes me to be a leader.

Q: Your team is off to a solid start this season. What’s worked well so far for the team?

A: I think our success has came from accepting our identity and who we are as a team. We know we aren’t the biggest or lengthiest team, so we use our strengths to be successful in other ways.

Q: As the season moves on, what kinds of things does the team need to continue to working on?

A: To keep being successful, we simply need to improve on the little things every day. Continuing to practice with 100% effort day in and day out, using solid fundamentals, and working together as one cohesive unit will put us in a position to win. The season moves along quickly; we realize we need to make the most of every single opportunity.

Q: What has basketball done for you?

A: Basketball has taught me a wide variety of skills and concepts. It has taught me how dedication and hard work can pay off over time, while also developing teamwork and leadership skills. Additionally, it has taught me that being a student always comes before being an athlete, regardless of situation. Most of all, basketball has been an unwavering friend that always existed as a way to escape, relax, and have fun; it truly has changed my life.

Q: What are you going to miss most about high school basketball?

A: Undoubtedly what I will miss most is the camaraderie and the memories built over the past four years. I have made some of my favorite memories with the teammates and coaches I’ve had.

Q: Favorite TV Shows, movies, and musical artists?

A: I rarely watch TV, but if I do, it would be “The Simpsons.” I have three favorite movies, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “LION,” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Music wise, I have a few go-to artists in Chris Brown, Drake and Michael Jackson, but I enjoy many other genres as well.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know

A: I am a huge fan of 80’s music. I grew up listening to it with my parents (Christopher Letter and Denise Stelson), and as I got older, I enjoyed it even more. My Apple Music playlists are filled with 80’s music from Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Mötley Crüe, and Journey.

Q: What are some things you hope to accomplish after graduating from high school?

A: Post-high school, I plan to receive an undergraduate degree in exercise science, then continuing on to receive a master’s degree in athletic training. In my career, I want to stay in an athletic type setting while doing something I enjoy and find very interesting. A dream job of mine is to be the head athletic trainer for a collegiate basketball program.

AT A GLANCE

Athlete: Cole Letter

Sport: Boys basketball

Position: Point guard

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior