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Friday Feature: Paige Cote

To kick off the Fall, we are continuing our Friday Feature’s. These Friday Features showcase some of the Class of 2020 committed players. Our goal with these is to give a glimpse into committed senior’s basketball journeys and their thinking throughout the college recruiting process to share with other aspiring college basketball players.
In this week’s Friday Feature, we interviewed Paige Cote. She gives her perspective into her overall recruiting process with thoughtful responses and insight. We also got a chance to hear from her Maine Firecrackers coach, Brian Clement.
Enjoy this week’s Friday Feature with UNH commit, Paige Cote!
Paige Cote, Class of  2020, 6’3, Pos: C, Sanford/Maine Firecrackers, COMMITTED TO: University of New Hampshire

When did you first start playing basketball?

I first started playing basketball at local clinics when I was four. I joined my first AAU team when I was in seventh grade.
What was your overall recruiting process like and what were some of the schools that showed interest in you?
My overall recruiting process was a really rewarding experience. I received my first offer the summer after my sophomore year, and then everything started to progress quickly from there. By the spring of my junior year I had visited around 10 schools that showed interest in me, and was hoping to make my decision early spring. At this point I had received offers from Merrimack, Holy Cross, Elon, Saint Anselm’s, and Hofstra. Early June I decided to visit UNH and after my visit I immediately knew that was the school for me.
Did your family, friends, etc. play a role in your decision and how so?
My friends and family definitely helped me through the recruiting process and contributed to my decision. UNH is just under an hour away from where I live, so it is nice to know that my family and friends will be able to attend many of my games.
Tell us a little bit about your high school and AAU experience and how both played a role in your decision.
Both my High School and AAU experiences were valuable in my growth as a player and my recruitment process. My high school Coach has been extremely supportive throughout the whole process and understands it because he played for UMaine. My experience with the Maine Firecrackers AAU team not only changed me as a basketball player but also as a teammate. They stress the importance of loving your teammates and togetherness. My experience on the Maine Firecrackers helped to set my standard for the kind of college program that I wanted.
In the end, why did you choose UNH?
I chose UNH because even after my initial visit I had the feeling that it was the right place for me. The campus is beautiful, and its distance from home will be great for my family and friends. Most importantly though, I loved the coaching staff. From the moment I got on campus and met them, I knew that they were the right kind of coaches for me. I also knew their program was one I could succeed in.
What are you most looking forward to at UNH?
I am most looking forward to playing at a competitive level and spending time with my new coaches and teammates. I am also really excited to experience college life at UNH, where there is a lot of pride in the school.
What is your favorite memory playing basketball growing up?
My favorite memory of basketball growing up was the time I spent playing basketball for my elementary school’s team. I played for them third through sixth grade and it was a really fun experience to play will all of my friends and have my dad as the coach.
Any advice for players who are looking to play at the next level? (About the recruiting process, on and off the court, etc.)
I would tell anyone looking to play at the next level, that if you put in the time and effort everything will work itself out. The recruiting process has many ups and downs and sometimes you might think the bad outweighs the good, but focusing on your development as a player will ensure that you end up in the right place.
How will your high school team be this upcoming season? What are your goals entering your final season?
My high school team has been a young team for the past two years, but our record keeps improving each year. I think we will improve again this year. My goal for my final season is just to enjoy the time I have left playing for Sanford High School and with my high school teammates.
What are you most excited for in your senior year?
I am most excited to spend time with my friends before we all go off to college. With my college decision out of the way I am grateful to be able to enjoy my last year without the stress many seniors face when it comes to choosing colleges.
Now hear from Maine Firecrackers Head Coach, Brian Clement, on what he had to say about Paige!

Paige came to us in 9th grade. She was raw and was frustrated on the court at times. Over the next three years she developed mentally and from a skill standpoint while understanding Post play much better.

From her Freshman year to her Sophomore year she improved significantly and generated a lot (Elon, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Merrimack) of interest after an excellent performance at the Nike event in Chicago.

Paige has a terrific college frame already and has put in extra time to improve but I think her best days could be ahead of her.  She runs the floor well, has a nice mid range touch, and embraces physical play, so she might have less trouble with the jump from HS to college than other post players.

Paige has also grown into a mentally tough player who keeps her composure but doesn’t back down from anyone. She is hungry to get better and is doing the extra things necessary to succeed.

I am going to miss coaching her but excited to see her prove herself at UNH.