#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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2012-13 (Sophomore): Averaged 7.8 points while shooting 46 percent (14-30), and had 1.8 steals in five NCAA tourney games ... Helped hold Pitt’s Tray Woodall to two points while scoring six points himself in the NCAA Tournament opener … Was not named to the Valley’s all-defensive team … Started 13-straight times after the team’s injury adversity, and 26 of the last 27 games ... 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 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 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 at Drake... 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 agianst Newman...  Added 10 pounds prior to his freshman season, up from 193.

High School: Played at Whitefield Academy in Mabelton, Ga... Named player-of-the-year after leading his team to a 28-4 record, a regional championship ,and the final four of the state tournament... As a junior helped his team to the state championship game, finishing runner-up... The Atlanta Tipoff Club named Cotton one of 30 players on the All-Metro Team...  Also named honorable mention Class A in Georgia... Cotton averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as a junior.

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