Thursday, June 4, 2009

Where Are They Now?: Schea Cotton


This "Where Are They Now" is a bit different than the ones you may be used to. We usually update you on past Pack players, but this last weekend we got to catch up with a guy who was committed to the Wolfpack but never actually put on the red and white. His name is Schea Cotton... sound familiar?

Schea was once the #1 prep prospect in the land. Standing at 6'5 and weighing in at 215 pounds with some ridiculous rise (42 inch vertical). Cotton was a sure bet, a 2-time Parade All-American with NBA superstar potential and a NC State commit. After a fabulous high school career Schea verballed to UCLA, but before he could get there, the NCAA invalidated his SAT test score. He then decided to go a different route. Cotton enrolled in St. Thomas More Academy in Oakdale, Conn. were he starred, catching the attention of the Wolfpack. He was supposed to turn the NC State program around, he was supposed to be Herb Sendek's first big time pickup and the one of the biggest gets in the class of '98. However, none of that ever happened.

Since late Summer 1998 there have been more questions than answers. Some say the NCAA disallowed Cotton's SAT score, others say NC State decided not to honor the scholarship, while many believe it was Cotton who decided to part ways. Well we finally have a few answers thanks to a stroke of luck.

At Pangos (Long Beach, CA) this past weekend, they put together a staff of coaches that knew the ropes of recruiting. A college coach, an NBA assistant, a NBA/European player, and a player who the system did not work for....Shea Cotton.

On Saturday, I got to catch up with Cotton to tell him that he's still on the minds of Wolfpack fans and to see what he's been up to. We let him know NC State fans still wonder about him and his story has become somewhat of an urban legend. He's still talked about as one of the best prep player people have ever seen.

" I love NC State fans. I do. It was really just a hard situation." said Cotton. " I wanted to be at NC State but the NCAA was coming down on me and was all over NC State for it. It was just better at the time to part ways."

"I still keep track of NC State. Even though I became a SEC guy, I always check up on the Wolfpack. North Carolina is a great place. Such big time college basketball, and NC State, they were just good people."

"You know it was a crazy time I mean, I just believe that if you just believe in God and trust in God, everything works out."


Schea, a native of Long Beach is still involved a great deal with basketball. He is working with Dino Trigonis who works mainly with high school players looking to be scouted and recruited by big time college programs. Before that he was playing in Italy, Shanghi, France and Serbia.

We'd like to thank Schea for taking time out to talk to us and for being so open and honest with us. He's a great guy and worked really hard to invest in the kids at Pangos. We also gave him our card to let him know that if he wants to keep up with NC State Basketball, this is the place to do it. He told us he'll be checking us out, so if you want to show Shea some love, feel free.

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11 Responses to "Where Are They Now?: Schea Cotton"
  1. Manny Torres said...
    June 4, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Great to see he is giving back to the sport. Is he still trying to get into the league?

  2. KChill said...
    June 4, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Best Wolfpack interview ever, albeit brief.

  3. primacyone said...
    June 4, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Dang Shea. You would have been GREAT at STATE. Sorry it didn't work out for you. Wish you the best and hope you make it to Raleigh some time.

  4. KDub said...
    June 4, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Around the time Cotton was being recruited by State is when I started following basketball recruiting.

  5. R said...
    June 4, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Didn't Schea play in the ESA against State a few years ago with one of the exhibition teams that used to scrimmage college teams?

  6. Eric said...
    June 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Great get WPH, and definitely unexpected. His name alone sounds great...Shea Cotton.

  7. Anonymous said...
    June 4, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    what could have been?...sigh

  8. Pack Leader said...
    June 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Great interview!!! If I remember correctly he was considering coming right around the same time when we got the number 1 player in NC and a top 10 player in the nation, Scooter Sherryl. Oh what could have been.... nice guy though. seems to have learned from the years...

  9. Slick said...
    June 4, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Schea,

    If you ever get a chance to come to Raleigh, feel free to catch one of our games. I think State is on the brink of something special for years to come.

  10. Anonymous said...
    June 5, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    On espn.com it had shea cotton under a buzzworthy section. I wonder if it was do to NC State fans searching the web after this article?

  11. Anonymous said...
    June 5, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    You have to wonder what things would have been like with the bball program over the last decade had things worked out.

    Best of luck to Schea.

 

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