#32 Tekele Cotton
Position: G
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 209
Year: Junior
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Whitefield Academy
Experience: High School
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2014-15 (Senior): A third-year starter… Named preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference in a vote of the league’s coaches, media and sports information directors… Lockdown defender who enters his final go-around as WSU’s active scoring leader with 715 career points… Starts the season ranked ninth on WSU’s all-time steals (109) list with an excellent chance to crack the top three before the year is out… Begins the year, having started a team-high 51-consecutive games, dating back to his sophomore year… Ranked by the Sporting News as one of college basketball’s 10 best dunkers in its season preview issue… Joined teammates Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Kansas City Royals baseball game in June…

2013-14 (Junior): Tabbed Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference… A year after being omitted entirely from the Valley’s All-Defensive Team, was named MVC Defensive Player of the Year… Also earned a spot on the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team and was a finalist for its National Defensive Player of the Year award… Landed a spot on the All-MVC Tournament team… Named WSU’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second straight year… Picked by Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis for his “All-Glue Team”… Twice made the cover of Sports Illustrated… Appeared with teammates VanVleet, Baker, Lufile and Early on the cover of the Feb. 24 edition of SI as talk of WSU’s unbeaten status gained increasing national attention… Posed in the center of a crowd of WSU students on the cover of SI’s NCAA Tournament preview section…Started all 36 games and averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals… Led the team in scoring four times – three of them coming in Wichita… Poured in a season-best 21 points in a Feb. 22 home win over Drake that gave the Shockers the MVC title outright… Notched his second 20-point game of the year in the MVC Tournament Final, sinking 4-of-6 from beyond the arc on his way to 20… Drew over 350,000 youtube hits and the attention of nearly every national news outlet for his monstrous slam dunk at Illinois State… Tied a school record with seven steals against Drake on Feb. 22… Finished the year red-hot from three-point range, burying 29-of-61 (.475) in February and March… Recorded at least one steal in 18 straight games to close the year…Snagged a season-high 10 rebounds at Saint Louis on Dec. 1…

2012-13 (Sophomore): Appeared in all 39 games with 28 starts, including 15-straight to close the year… Averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game, often guarding the opponent’s top scorer… Ranked third on the team with 40 steals… Named “Most Outstanding Defensive Player” for a WSU team that won the MVC’s “Defensive Team of the Year” award, but was left off the conference’s five-man All-Defensive squad… Cemented his growing reputation as a lockdown defender with a withering effort in the team’s NCAA Tournament opener, holding Pitt star Tray Woodall to just two points… Averaged 7.8 points while shooting 46 percent (14-30), and had 1.8 steals in five NCAA tourney games... Injuries to key personnel moved him into the starting lineup, and strong play kept him there for 26 of the final 27 contests… Scored his sixth double-figure game at Creighton with 14 points, and his seventh with 10 points against Ohio State... Had a career-high nine boards against Evansville in Wichita... Had three free-throw points and career-high eight boards against Creighton in Wichita, and was named “Glue Guy of the Week” by Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis in his weekly column, Fast Break (Jan. 20)... His next outing against Creighton saw him shoot 71.4 percent (5-7) from the field and 80 percent (4-5) from the arc to score a career-high 14 points… Also had a career-high seven assists against Illinois State... Had seven points and five rebounds against Charleston Southern in his first career start, and backed that with four points, four rebounds and three steals in his second start against Southern Miss, then dropped a career-high 12 points against UNI in his third start... His fourth start was at Drake where he collected his second-straight double-figure scoring game with 10 points... Had two points in 20 minutes at Tennessee but was suffering from a bone bruise... Led team in scoring with the 12 against Evansville… Led team in rebounding three times …

2011-12 (Freshman): Played in all 32 games off the bench, averaging 2.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, and9.9 minutes a game... Shot 50.8 percent (33-65) from the field... Career-highs were 10 points against Charleston Southern, six rebounds against Bradley and five assists against Newman...  Added 10 pounds prior to his freshman season, up from 193.

High School: Played at Whitefield Academy in Mabelton, Ga... Named the Player of the Year for a team that finished 28-4, won a regional championship and advanced to the final four of the state tournament... As a junior, helped his team to a spot in the state championship game... One of 30 players named to the All-Metro Team by the Atlanta Tipoff Club...  Also named Honorable Mention All-Georgia Class A... Averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a junior.

Personal: Son of Leza Jones... Has one older brother, Teddy ... Also recruited by Murray State, Morehead State and Tennessee State... Majoring in communications.