James Cotton comes to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore after spending a postgraduate year at Rise Academy in Philadelphia following a stellar career at Pocomoke High School.
"James is an outstanding athlete. He gives great effort and relentless intensity on the floor, which is something that we value in all of our players. As his skills continue to develop, he will be a very effective player at the collegiate level," said head coach Frankie Allen.
Prep School: Had a career high 26 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks while averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds in one season at Rise Academy. Honors: National Prep Alliance All-Tournament team, Hoopscooponline Top 5th year player (ranked 8th), Hoopscoop Ranking of the Nation's Top 100 5th year players (ranked 78th).
High School: Helped lead Pocomoke to the Maryland 1A East Regional Championship and an appearance in the Maryland 1A State Championship game as a junior.
Personal: Born April 29, 1988 in Salisbury, Md. ... Son of Barbara Cotton ... Has two brothers, Darius and Christopher ... Nickname is Turtle ... Is a business major ... Listens to music and prays before every game ... His family has influenced him the most ... When he graduates he plans to open his own business or play ball overseas ... Favorite saying is "If you are not a somebody, you are a nobody."