Cole, a 5-foot-8 guard, had originally committed to High Point University in the fall signing period in November, but when head coach Jennifer Hoover left a few weeks ago on May 9 to take the head job at Wake Forest, Cole was permitted to void her National Letter of Intent and sign elsewhere if she wanted.
"Ashlee can score in a variety of ways and as the daughter of a high school coach she has a great understanding of the game," said Coach Baldwin-Tener." She is a very aggressive competitor, a legitimate scoring threat and has been a winner throughout her high school career."
Cole was a first-team all-state pick with the Forest Park Panthers of her father, Coach Steven Cole. Ashlee was the repeat Clayton County Player of the Year after averaging 18 points a game for a team that advanced to the championship game of the Class AAAA state tournament.
She scored almost 2,000 points at Forest Park, was a three-time All-State honoree and a four-time All-Region and All-Conference pick as she played multiple positions during her prep career. She played 130 career games, making 168 three-point baskets. She also averaged 5 rebounds and 3.2 assists for her career.
Cole helped lead her Panthers of Forest Park to the state finals in 2011, the state semifinals in 2010 and the state quarterfinals in 2012. Ashlee is the daughter of Natalie and Steven Cole of Forest Park. She has two older brothers, Marqus and Timmy.
Cole becomes the seventh addition to the Georgia State class of 2012. Previously signing were a trio of junior college standouts, a pair of high school seniors and an All-CAA transfer from UNCW. Six-foot-two Maryam Dogo was No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in rebounding and No. 5 in scoring, guard Kesheria McNeil was the No. 10 scorer in NJCAA basketball and guard Kayla Dayton was in the Top 15 in the NJCAA in three-point field goals made and in percentage. Six-foot Morgan Jackson was a second-team All-State pick at East Hall High in Gainesville, while guard Gaby Moss was a top scorer and three-point shooter in metro Washington, D.C. at T.C. Williams High. All-CAA guard Alisha Andrews transferred to her hometown after two years at UNCW.