6 p.m. Central | Thurs., March 31, 2011 | Madison Square Garden (19,763)
WSU Radio: KNSS 1330 - Mike Kennedy, Dave Dahl
TV: ESPN - John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla, Bill Raftery
Tonight's Game... No. 4 seed Wichita State (28-8) advanced to in the final of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) at Madison Square Garden, on the back of four-straight wins, including Tuesday's 75-44 win against No. 2 seed Washington State.
• WSU reached the semifinal on the back of a 82-75 win against College of Charleston in Wichita, a 79-76 overtime win at No. 1 seed Virginia Tech and a 79-54 win against No. 5 seed Nebraska in Wichita. WSU is making its second-straight NIT appearance and the 12th overall. The trip is Wichita State's fifth NIT visit to MSG, the last which was in 1966.
• WSU has at least 25 wins for the second-straight season, while the 28th win against Washington State makes the 2011 Shockers the winningest in WSU history, besting the 27-win season in 1954. WSU is 53-18 the last two seasons. It is the first time WSU has ever had back-to-back 25-plus win seasons.
•Prior to NIT play, WSU advanced into the semifinals of the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with a 70-56 quarterfinal win over No. 10 seed Bradley, but then lost to eventual champion No. 3 seed Indiana State, 61-54. Prior to that, WSU completed the regular season with a 69-64 loss at Missouri State, which won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title with the win.
•WSU tied the 1982-83 WSU team for Valley road wins as that team was also 8-1 on the road in the MVC.
•WSU was the first Valley team to reach 23 wins, and got to 28 wins on the back of balanced scoring with 10 players scoring more than 137 points to date and only a 7.0 ppg differential between scorer No. 1 J.T. Durley (11.2 ppg) and No. 10 (4.2 ppg). Also, 10 Shockers average more than 13 minutes a game.
•J.T. Durley became WSU's 42nd First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, and only the second Shocker (Clevin Hannah, 2010) since 2004 to earn first-team honors.
•Wichita State was chosen the Valley's Army National Guard Defensive Team of the Year.
•Only Shocker assistant coach Marty Gross is not making his first visit to Madison Square Garden. The 1977 Jacksonville graduate played on the 1977 NIT team that featured four NBA draft selections. His team lost to Purdue in the semifinal then to Boston College in the consolation final.
•More New York Connections: Wichita State baseball alum Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets' opening-day starter Friday night when New York visits Florida...He played baseball for the Shockers from 2003-05...Three basketball Shockers are former Knicks in Dave Stallworth (65-67, 69-72, 74-75), Nate Bowman (1967-70) and Xavier McDaniel (1991-92)... Stallworth and Bowman won a championship in 1970 ... Also, Robert Elmore and Ron Harris were drafted by the ABA's New York Nets in 1972 ... Five Shockers who reached 1,000 points at WSU are from New York, including No. 5 career scorer Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson from New York Haaren HS.
Overall Postseason History... WSU is 16-21 in history in games that have come after the regular-season and MVC Tournament were complete in the NCAA, NIT and CBI Tournaments. Prior to 2011, WSU most recently played in the 2010 NIT in Wichita, losing to Nevada, 74-70, a year ago.
WSU is 8-9 in NCAA games, 7-11 in NIT games and 1-1 in the two games the Shockers played in the CBI in 2009 with a win against Buffalo, 84-73, and a loss to Stanford, 70-56, in games in Wichita.
WSU appeared three-straight times in the NIT from 2003-05 before advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. The Shockers' 2005 NIT appearance had WSU with home wins against Houston, 85-69, and Western Kentucky, 84-81, before a game at Vanderbilt ended with a last-second bucket by the Commodores to eliminate the Shocks. Overall, WSU has now played in the postseason 20 times, and has five NIT Madison Square Garden trips: 1954, 1962, 1963, 1966 and 2011.
On WSU Head Coach Gregg Marshall... The veteran coach is in his fourth season at WSU and brought WSU from 11 wins his first season to 25 wins in 2010 and 2011. The Shockers returned all but one starter off a team that played in the postseason NIT, received votes in the AP poll and advanced to the MVC Tournament title game. He carries a 275-138 career record in 12-plus seasons as a head coach, and a 81-55 record at WSU.
Television...The ESPN2 game marks the 25th of 25-straight televised games for the Shockers. WSU is 23-8 in all local, regional and nationally-televised games to date.
Last Outing... NIT Semifinal (3-29-11)...Wichita State advanced to the Championship game of the National Invitation Tournament for the first time in school history with a 75-44 semifinal win against Washington State Madison Square Garden.
Junior center Garrett Stutz scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds in the win. The Shockers picked up their school-record 28th win of the season, while also pulling down a season-high 52 rebounds.
Toure' Murry and Gabe Blair also finished with double-digit scoring for the No. 4 seed Shockers (28-8. Blair added nine rebounds as well as the Shockers out-scored Washington State, 48-18, in the paint.
Casto DeAngelo and Reggie Moore led No. 2 seed Washington State with nine points each. The Cougars finished the season with a 22-13 record and were held without a 3-point field goal in the game.
NIT Quarterfinal (3-26-11)...Wichita State defeated the College of Charleston, 82-75, in front of a sellout crowd of 10,506 Wednesday night to advance to the semifinal of the NIT Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
For the game, four Shockers scored in double figures led by senior forward Gabe Blair with 16 points and he added a team-high eight rebounds. J.T. Durley had 14 points and Joe Ragland had 12 points. Toure' Murry added 11 points and a team- high five assists.
College of Charleston was led in scoring by guard Andrew Goudelock who had a game-high 31 points with a game-high seven three pointers. Donavan Moore added 19 points for the Cougars.
NIT Second Round (3-20-11)...Wichita State's Joe Ragland hit a short shot with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Shockers to a 79-76 victory over the Hokies in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.
Ragland's shot came after the Hokies' Bell had made a layup to tie the game at 76 with nine seconds remaining. Ragland raced up the court, and Wichita State Gregg Marshall decided against calling a timeout to set up a play. It worked as Ragland got into the lane to hit the game-winning shot.
Tech called a timeout following Ragland's shot, but Touré Murry forced Delaney to step out of bounds with a second left, and the Hokies never had a chance to tie the game. Tech then fouled Murry with 0.9 seconds remaining, and Murry made one of two free-throw attempts before rebounding his own miss to run out the clock.
NIT First Round (3-16-11)...Wichita State advanced to the second round of the NIT with a 76-49 first-round win against Nebraska Wednesday at Charles Koch Arena.
Three Shockers posted double-digit points totals, led by David Kyles' 13 points, as the Wichita State men's basketball team advanced.
Wednesday marked the No. 4-seed Shockers' second-straight NIT appearance, improving to 25-8 overall. Fifth-seeded Nebraska closed the season with a 19-13 record in front of a crowd of 7,336.
The Shockers shot 46.2 percent (24-for-52) overall and 42.3 percent (11-for-26) from behind the 3-point line. Wichita State out-rebounded the Cornhuskers, 34-32, led by Durley's six boards. Durley also added 12 points, followed closely by Graham Hatch's 11 points.
More on the Nebraska Win... The 27-point win was WSU's largest margin of victory in a postseason game, while the 49 points that WSU held Nebraska to was the lowest opponent output in the postseason since 1965. The margin was also WSU's largest over a Big 12 opponent since a 30 point win over the Huskers in 1961.
Rebound Margin... Since Gregg Marshall arrived, WSU has out-rebounded 106 of 136 opponents, which includes all but the San Diego State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and at Missouri State games this season. WSU now carries a plus-8.4rebound margin, which ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA, and first among NIT teams.
Rebound Margin In-Depth... WSU opened the season by out-rebounded high-caliber opponents in Maui by plus-10 a game (38.3- 28.3). The Shockers continued that streak upon returning to Kansas, out-rebounding both UMKC and Chicago State, but were out-boarded for the first time this season at SDSU, 36-27. WSU got back on track against Nicholls State, Alabama A&M and LSU with a plus-16 margin, plus-21 margin and plus-five, respectively. WSU then topped Tulsa, 35-21; Evansville, 38-24; Bradley, 42-32; Drake, 43-33; Illinois State, 40-33; Missouri State, 40-32; Creighton, 38-27; Drake, 45-20; and UNI, 27-19.
WSU was then out-rebounded in MVC play by Ind. St. in the triple-overtime win, 51-46; and 30-25 at SIU. The back-to-back games (ISU and SIU) marked only the sixth time that happened in Marshall's tenure in Wichita.
WSU then got back on the rebounding track by topping Bradley, 35-31, Indiana State, 32-25,Illinois State, 38-27, SIU, 39-30, UNI, 37-26, and Evansville, 46-22. VCU and WSU tied at 36. WSU was last out-boarded 35-30 at MSU.
In the quarterfinal round of the MVC Tourney, WSU out-boarded Bradley, 39-29, and in the semifinals out-rebounded Indiana State, 39-34.
The board dominance continued in the NIT as WSUout-boarded Nebraska 34-32, VT, 36-30, C of Charleston, 32-27, and Washington State, 52-25.
That brought the Marshall Era total to 106 times out of 136 games that WSU has out-rebounded opponents.
Marshall Loves the 80s... Gregg Marshall is 70-3 in his career when his teams score 80 or more points, which includes a 15-0 record in the last three-plus seasons at WSU. He is also 12-0 when his teams have scored 90-plus points in his 12-plus seasons as a head coach. In 2010-11, WSU is 7-0 when scoring more than 80 points, including the 80-74 win at UE. WSU is 3-0 when scoring more than 90 this season.
Leading at the Half... Wichita State has won 23 of the 25 games it has led at the half.
Road Warriors... Wichita State is 14-4 away from Wichita in 2010-11, which included an 8-1 record in regular-season Missouri Valley games. WSU's eight Valley road wins tied the 1982-83 team which also went 8-1 in the league on the road. The three regular-season losses were to nationally-ranked Connecticut in the Maui Invitational, at San Diego State and at Missouri State.
On the 20-plus Wins.. Wichita State was the first team in the MVC to reach 23 wins on the season. The Shockers' 80-74 win at Evansville propelled WSU to the 22-win plateau, and the home win against Creighton was No. 23.
WSU has reached 20 wins 12 times in history, won more than 20 games for the second-straight season and has won 20 games in back to back seasons seven times, including two stretches of three-straight 20 win seasons. WSU has now won 25 or more games in back-to-back seasons.
Balanced Scoring with 10 Over 100... Wichita State has 10 players who have scored more than 137 points through the 36 games to date. J.T. Durley leads with 404 points, while Demetric Williams is 10th at 137 points.
Only J.T. Durley (11.2) is averaging in double-figures. David Kyles and Murry are next at 9.5 and 9.4 ppg, respectively. Despite the balanced scoring through the top 10 in the rotation, the three have lead the team in scoring 24 out of the Shockers' 36 contests this season.
Murry 40th Shocker to Reach 1,000...WSU junior Toure Murry scored 11 points at Southern Illinois to make him the 40th player in Shocker history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Murry joins J.T. Durley as the second Shocker to reach 1,000 points this season, and currently ranks 31st with 1,132 points.
Durley Also Climbing Career Charts... Senior J.T. Durley is climbing the WSU career charts, and ranks tied for 16th for career points with 1,315, seventh with 91 blocked shots, and 21st with 65 three pointers.
An All-Around Guy...Junior Toure Murry is already climbing the WSU career charts in four visible categories, including points, assists, steals and three-pointers. As mentioned he ranks 31st in scoring with 1,132 points, but he also ranks fifth in steals with 137, tied for 11th in three-pointers with 118, and 10th in assists with 317.
Shockers Love the 70s...The Shockers are shooting 74.5 percent from the line through 36 games, which would rank second all-time on the season team free throw percentage list if the season stopped today. Last year, WSU shot a WSU-record-high 74.6 percent from the line. Joe Ragland (88.3) leads WSU in free throw percentage, which would tie for fourth-best in a season.
Durley A Mainstay.. Senior forward J.T. Durley leads WSU in overall scoring at 11.2 points a game, and scored in double figures in all but three Valley games this season. He averaged 11.4 ppg in MVC play including a season high 19 points at Southern Illinois. He was the only Shocker in double-figure Valley-only scoring.
Kyles Breaks Out Again... After going three games without a trey, Junior guard David Kyles has made 19 in the last nine games to make an impact on the perimeter for the Shockers.
He is averaging 9.5 ppg while shooting 39.4 percent from behind the arc for the season. Kyles has made a team-leading 75 treys this season which ranks second on the WSU season list, and equates to about 2.2 a game. He has hit at least one three in 29 of the Shockers' 36 games this season.
His 75 treys this season ranks behind Sean Ogirri's 91 in 2005-06 (Sweet 16 season), and just ahead of Maurice Evans' 69 in 1998-99.
Last Valley Tournament Game (3/5/11)...Myles Walker scored a career-high 14 points to lead No. 3-seeded Indiana State (19-13) to a 61-54 win over second-seeded Wichita State (25-7) in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
J.T. Durley led the Shockers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. David Kyles added 10 points for the Shockers off the bench.
Jake Odum scored 12 points for Indiana State including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Last Regular-Season Game (2/26/11)... Wichita State fought back from a 14-point deficit in the second half to tie the score in the final 90 seconds, but Missouri State went on to grab its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title with a 69-64 win Saturday.
Shocker junior guard David Kyles hit a 3-pointer with 1:21 left in the game to tie the score, 64-64, at JGH Arena. Bears senior guard Adam Leonard answered with a 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give Missouri State the lead for good in front of a crowd of 11,077.
WSU and MSU entered the game tied for first place in the MVC men's basketball standings with identical 14-3 conference records. The Bears secured the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament with the win, while Wichita State will be the No. 2 seed.
Kyles led all scorers with 20 points, making five 3-pointers in the second half. Four of those 3-pointers came in the final 5:07. Kyles and senior forward Gabe Blair grabbed seven rebounds for the Shockers (23-7, 14-4).
Senior Night Game (2/23/11)...Behind a sellout crowd and the pre-game celebration of the senior class the Wichita State University men's basketball team gave the Shocker faithful a dramatic win to close out the 2010-11 home slate as the Shockers defeated Creighton, 67-65,.
The victory over Creighton gives the Shockers the first season series sweep of the Jays since the 1987-88 season. Wichita State now stands at 23-6 overall on the season and 13-3 in the Missouri Valley. Creighton falls to 17-13, 9-8 in the conference.
J.T. Durley led all scorers with 16 points. Joe Ragland had 14 points and a career-high nine assists while Gabe Blair came off the bench to grab 10 boards. Antonio Young paced the Jays with 15 points in a reserve role while Doug McDermott had 11 points.
All-Valley Recognition... Wichita State's J.T. Durley, Toure' Murry and Ben Smith earned recognition in the annual post-season vote by coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. In addition, Wichita State was named the Army National Guard Defensive Team of the Year.
WSU's leading scorer, senior forward J.T. Durley, earned first-team recognition, while junior guard Toure' Murry was named to the second-team. Durley was also third in voting for Player of the Year.
League coaches also selected a "Sixth Man Award" recipient, and this season's honor goes to Smith. The honor is presented to the league's top reserve player (one who has started fewer than 25 percent of his team's games). Smith is the first Shocker since Aaron Hogg in 2003 to earn the Sixth Man Award.
All-Bench/Most Improved... Wichita State junior forward Ben Smith and junior center Garrett Stutz received Missouri Valley Conference All-Bench Team recognition, while junior guard David Kyles was named to the Valley's Most-Improved Team.
Smith was named Team Captain for the MVC All-Bench Team. Smith, from Oklahoma City, Okla., averaged 7.1 points and 2.2 rebounds while starting three of 30 games for the Shockers this season. The 6-foot-5 Smith had 10 double-figure scoring games in Valley play and his overall scoring average ranked fourth for Wichita State. He scored 8.3 points a game in Valley play.
Stutz, from Kansas City, Mo., averaged 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 30 games played. The 7-foot-tall Stutz joined Smith on the MVC All-Bench Team. He started five games and averaged 14.2 minutes throughout the season. Stutz also added 21 blocks - second-most for the WSU this season.
Kyles was named to the conference's Most-Improved Team. The 6-foot-4 junior guard from Dallas, Texas finished the regular season ranked second on the Shockers' roster with an average of 10 points a game. He led the Shockers with 64 3-pointers made, shooting 40.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. He started 21 of 30 games for WSU.
Life on the Top 25 Edge... WSU is not receiving votes in either poll for the fourth-straight week, and only the fifth time in 2010-11.
The Shockers were last recieving votes on Feb. 14, when they were 32nd in AP poll.
•Feb. 7, 27th in AP Poll/32nd in ESPN/USA Today poll.
•Jan. 31, 38th in AP/43rd in ESPN/USA Today poll.
•WSU did not receive votes for the week of Jan. 24.
•Jan. 17, 39th in ESPN/USA Today/43rd in AP poll.
•Jan. 10, 42nd in ESPN/USA Today/44th in AP poll.
•Jan. 3, 31st in ESPN/USA Today and 33rd in AP poll.
•Dec. 27, 35th in ESPN/USA Today and 37th in AP poll.
•Dec. 20, 40th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
•Dec. 3, 40th in ESPN/USA Today and 39th in the AP poll.
•Nov. 29, 39th and 42nd in the two polls, respectively.
•Nov. 22, 34th in the getting votes in both.
•Nov. 15, 33rd in both polls released.
•WSU's votes put them at No. 32 in the Preseason ESPN Top 25 listing.
Last Time Ranked/Getting Votes...Prior to this season, WSU last received votes in the Feb. 8, 2010 AP Top 25 poll, which marked the fourth week in the 2000-10 season, and had five points for the second-straight week. WSU also had five points in the Feb. 1, 2010 AP Top 25 poll.
Earlier in 2009-10, WSU also received votes in both the Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 AP Top 25 polls after the Texas Tech win. WSU also got one point in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll Dec. 28. Prior to that, WSU last received votes on Jan. 8, 2007.
WSU was last ranked Dec. 25, 2006 (16th in the AP after a season high of 8th). WSU's highest ranking was No. 1 for two games in 1964-65. WSU has six times played the No. 1 team in the country.
Academic Shockers...Nine Wichita State men's basketball players were named to the Fall 2010 WSU Athletic Director's honor roll, which is the most since there were also nine in the Spring of 2003. Since the Fall of 1984 there have only been the two times where nine players had a semester GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, the overall GPA of the team is the best since 2002. The players on this semester's AD's honor roll are Gabe Blair, Derek Brown, Graham Hatch, Toure Murry, Ehimen Orukpe, Ben Smith, Garrett Stutz, Randall Vautravers and Josh Walker.
Stutz' Double... Seven-foot center Garrett Stutz scored his second 20-point game of his career with 20 points against Tulsa, which marked his second such outing of his career. He scored his career-high 22 points in the third game of his freshman year. He had three double-figure scoring games that season, 13 a year ago, and now has six this season.
OT Me... When Wichita State defeated Indiana State in three overtimes, 93-83, it was the third, three-overtime game the Shockers had played in history, and the first in Wichita. WSU had previously played two road three-overtime games, a 94-92 loss at Nebraska on Dec. 10, 1968, and a 76-72 loss at Cleveland State on Dec. 29, 1972.
Against Tulsa at IBA.. Wichita State and Tulsa rivalry was renewed with fervor Dec. 21 in a game that remained back-and-forth until the closing minutes in front of 14,112 fans at INTRUST Bank Arena. Wichita State took the lead for good with less than seven minutes remaining and went on to clinch an 82-79 victory against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a college basketball game in Wichita. Garrett Stutz led the Shockers (9-2) with 20 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. David Kyles hit five 3-pointers on his way to 19 total points. Toure' Murry posted a game-high nine rebounds as the Shockers won their fourth game in a row.
Shocker Sweepers... WSU swept the three-game, home-home-neutral series against LSU with the 70-69 win in Bossier City. WSU first defeated the SEC school Nov. 25, 2006, when then-No. 24 Wichita State remained undefeated by winning, 57-53, against No. 6 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. In the second meeting Dec. 19, 2007, WSU topped the Tigers with a 67-47 win in Wichita.
At San Diego State... No. 17 San Diego State continued its 18-game home win streak against non-conference opponents, as the Shocks fell to the Aztecs, 83-69. David Kyles paced the Shockers with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, including 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Toure' Murry also reached double figures for WSU pitching in 11 points and four assists. Gabe Blair lead the Shocks on the glass with five rebounds.
Before San Diego...WSU played two-straight home games, including a 91-51 home win against Chicago State Dec. 1, and a 71-52 home win against UMKC Nov. 29.
-Prior to the UMKC win, WSU defeated Virginia, 70-58, in the fifth-place game of the 2010 EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Shockers went 2-1 in Maui with an opening loss to UConn, the eventual tournament champion, and a wins against host Chaminade, 79-58, and Virginia.
WSU came into the tournament 1-0 after playing host to Southwestern Athletic Conference member Texas Southern to kick-off the 2010-11 season, Wichita State's 104th season of play.
Maui Notes... Senior J.T. Durley led WSU in scoring with 15.0 points a game in Maui, which included a team-high 16 points against Virginia. Gabe Blair led the team in rebounds on the island, with 6.0 a game that included seven against the Cavaliers. Wichita State opened the Maui Invitational with a 83-79 loss to Connecticut despite Toure Murry's 19 points and David Kyles' 18 points. UConn shot 44 free throws to WSU's 13. WSU rebounded to face Chaminade and take a 79-58 win behind Kyles' 19 points and seven rebounds, while J.T. Durley's team-high 17 points led the Shockers to the Virginia win.
Two Preseason All-Valley...Shocker junior guard Toure' Murry represented WSU on the 2010-11 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team. Senior center/forward J.T. Durley, from Pittsburg, Texas, received MVC Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention for the Shockers. The Shockers were last picked to win the league in 2003-04 and won their most recent regular-season title in 2006.
MVC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
School (First-Place Votes) Total
1 WSU (33), 382; 2 MSU (1), 313; 3 UNI (3), 289; 4 CU, 282; 5 BU(2), 264; 6 ILST, 165; 7 INST, 136; 8 DU, 121; 9 SIU, 120; 10 UE, 73.
2010-11 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team
Kwadzo Ahelegbe, UNI; Kenny Lawson Jr., Creighton (Preseason Player of the Year); Sam Maniscalco, Bradley; Toure' Murry, Wichita State; Kyle Weems, Missouri State; Josh Young, Drake; HM: Taylor Brown, Bradley; J.T. Durley, Wichita State; Adam Leonard, Missouri State; Colt Ryan, Evansville; Seth VanDeest, Drake; Andrew Warren, Bradley
Fall, 2010 WSU Signees... Fourth-year head coach Gregg Marshall has announced the signing of Carl Hall, Tekele (Ta-KALE) Cotton, Evan Wessel and Jake White to National Letters-of-Intent to play men's basketball at Wichita State beginning with the 2011-12 season.
Hall, a six-foot-eight forward from Cochran, Ga., will come to WSU after a two-year junior college career. He played one season at Middle Georgia College and was MVP of the NJCAA regional tournament and named to the first-team all-region. He averaged 18.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game last season. Over the summer hetransferred to Northwest Florida State in Niceville, Fla., where he will play his sophomore season in 2010-11.
Wessel, a 6-foot-5 guard, plays at Heights High School in Wichita. He averaged 12.4 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, and 7.3 rebounds per game as a junior and was named second team All-Class 6A and All-City League. Heights High School has won back-to-back state championships under the guidance of Wessel.
White, a 6-foot-8 forward from Chaska, Minn., averaged 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds as a junior.
Cotton, a 6-foot-2 guard, plays at Whitefield Academy in Georgia. The Atlanta Tipoff Club named Cotton one of 30 players on the All-Metro Team. He was also named honorable mention Class A in Georgia. Cotton averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as a junior.
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