Cole Darrow has scored nearly 900 points in his Glenwood basketball career.
It’s no wonder the Ram senior can’t remember the particulars of his first career points.
“I remember I didn’t score at all in my first two games and I finally got two points in the third game of the season. It was actually a big relief. But it wasn’t a big deal,” said Darrow.
Darrow has been a big deal for the Rams this season. The senior guard has lit up opposing defenses to the tune of more than 21 points per game to lead all of Class 3A. Following his career-high 33 points in a 71-61 loss to Council Bluffs St. Albert on Saturday, Darrow has amassed a career total of 896 points in his three varsity seasons to leave him within striking distance of smashing Austin Maring’s career-record 952 points.
Darrow recalls seeing Maring play as a senior and recalls the Rams’ current all-time leading scorer as “a shooter, that’s all I really remember.” Maring, who started for the Rams from 2002-2005 also holds the school record for career three-pointers with 128. Darrow was aware he might be close to Maring’s record, he just wasn’t aware how close.
“I’ve seen the number in the record books and when someone mentioned I was close I kind of put it in my mind as a goal of mine,” he said.
Darrow’s accomplishments come as no surprise to Glenwood head coach Curt Schulte. Schulte describes his senior guard as a gym rat-type who works hard at everything he does, on and off the court.
“We knew when he was a sophomore he was going to be special,” said Schulte. “We knew he was going to have to take his turn. When he was a sophomore he was a role player but he really stepped up his game as a junior. He’s even gotten better this year. He’s put in a lot of hard work to get where he’s at, there’s no doubt about that.”
Schulte sees the biggest improvement in Darrow’s game in his growth into a complete player. In addition to his prolific scoring, Darrow has grabbed nearly 300 career rebounds and sank more than 80 three pointers. As a gangly sophomore, Darrow was content to rely on his jump shot, perhaps too much, said Schulte. Now, the 6-foot-3, 180 guard doesn’t shy away from contact or getting to the rim.
“He attacks the glass now. He penetrates with the dribble so much more now,” said Schute. “He used to settle for a perimeter shot but now he can do both. He’s tough to defend because he can not only hit that perimeter shot he can beat you off the dribble and get to the basket.”
Darrow spent most of last summer in the weight room getting stronger and playing for the Iowa Knickerbockers AAU team in several state and regional tournaments. He said the confidence and experience he gained playing more than 30 games this summer against some of the state and region’s best has only helped his game this year.
Since coming back from Christmas break, Darrow has averaged better than 23 points in seven conference games. While the Rams have gone 4-3 in those games, mostly against the top half of the conference, the Rams have already wrapped up the Hawkeye 10 Conference Southern Division and are 11-6 overall this season.
“Usually 10 wins was a season for us,” said Darrow. “This year we have six or seven games left and we already have 10 wins so that feels pretty good.”
Darrow, 3.8 student considering a major in physical therapy, committed tin January to play basketball at Buena Vista University and coach Brian Van Haaften. Darrow’s brother Bo is a sophomore quarterback for the Beavers.
“Coach Van Haaften is a great guy and a great coach, he’s been there 14 years. And my brother goes there, which makes it easy, and I liked the campus,” said Darrow.
But college can wait until next year. Darrow has goals in mind this season. And as nice as breaking the school’s all-time scoring record would be, Darrow has one other goal in mind.
“I want to make it to state. Obviously, that would be a nice career thing too,” said Darrow.
One that he’s sure to remember.