Four-Star Forward Commits To WVU

Isaiah Cottrell

Four-Star Forward Commits To WVU

West Virginia’s men’s basketball team still has a scholarship available for the class of 2019, but it’s already gained its first verbal commitment for the class of 2020.

Isaiah Cottrell, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, announced via Twitter Thursday evening that he had committed to the Mountaineers.

Cottrell, a four-star recruit according to most national services, had narrowed his list to include Kansas, Rutgers, Missouri, Washington, UNLV, Wake Forest, Texas Tech and LSU, and made his decision public while attending the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia. Cottrell had 13 points and three rebounds in his performance earlier that day in front of a large gathering of NBA player personnel representatives.

An athletic forward who is comfortable on the wing, Cottrell plays for one of the premier high school programs in the country. BGHS finished 28-5 this past season against a national schedule that includes powerhouses from across the U.S. It won its eighth straight Nevada Class AAAA state championship to cap off this season.

WVU Mens Basketball Class of 2020 Verbal Commitments  |  Isaiah Cottrell Player Page

A first-team all-state selection in Nevada as a junior this year, Cottrell averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game.

Though he lives in Nevada, Cottrell has West Virginia ties through both his parents. In fact, his father, Brian Lewin, played at WVU in the late ‘90s.

For now Cottrell’s commitment to Bob Huggins’ club is non-binding. He will have to wait until Nov. 14 to sign a National Letter of Intent.


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    Welcome Isaiah! I remember watching your Dad play.


    Bishop Gorman is kind of a regular in the Wheeling Cancer
    Classic and played two games last year. Haven’t seen a
    schedule for this year as of yet. Hope they’re in it so we
    can see Cottrell play. Can’t remember anything about
    last year’s game.


    Great start to the 2020 recruiting lineup.  I would think that there will be 5 slots to fill this class.  SR’s Haley, Harler, Routt and my guess 2 more will leave.  There are always a couple that decide to move on.  The portal makes it easier for players to move.

    My uneducated guess is we bring in 2 PF’s, 1 Wing, 1 big SG, 1 true PG.

    With Cottrell already in the house we could bring in a player that needs development.  Obinna????  Hugley????  Omoruyi would be a steal and provide immediate paint help should Culver or OT leave.  Dianja’s name had been mentioned many times earlier this year.  His stock has sky rocketed from the beginning of 2019.  Johnson would be another great get and Coleman although little undersized but could be SF player.

    Wing outlook has a number of very high rated players.  Bridges once was said to be a lock, but not so at this time.  Playing at Scottland Prep to improve his stock.   Timberlake, Langford are all guys that could be Wing/SG types.

    SG, should take Ethan Morton off the list.  He’s a hard commit to Purdue.  Early is reported to slimmed down from his MLB body type.  Don’t know if it’s true or not.  We’re in with a number of SG’s.  Beard and Stevens are higher ranked.   Suggs, another MN recruit (can McCabe influence him?) would be the best get.

    PG has a few great recruits.  We are tight with Curbelo but may have to have a wrestling death match with StJohn’s to get him out of NYC.  Nix would be the biggest coup (could fellow LasVegas resident Cottrell influence him?) but most likely he will go to Kansas and be there for 2 at most.

    Most likely we will bring in at least 1 JC in this class.  These guys always start to pop up early in the season.



    Isaiah’s Mom, Shannon, was a stand-out athlete at Parkersburg South High School.


    Doesn’t hurt if Mom and Dad both have ties to WVU and WV.  Mom gets to come back home often to see family and watch Isaiah play.

    Nothing said if Mom and Dad are still together and if not are both living in LasVegas?  Doesn’t really pertain to his recruitment, but just an interesting thought.


    They are not.


    They are not, but Shannon’s Mom Lou Ann still lives in the P’burg area, I believe in Little Hocking OH.  Shannon’s Dad Tony was an outstanding runner and passed away from cancer several yr ago.


    Thanks for the info, Larry!  Clearly a lot of athletic talent on both sides of the family.


    I believe that another wing- type player from the JUCOs would be a good addition to this year’s team.  From what I’ve read Huggins wants to return to the full-court press this year.  This requires bodies to run it.  Normally the team picks up additional fouls in that defense.  That’s what surprised me about Carter, he was almost playing within an opposing player’s hip pocket yet was normally able to avoid being disqualified


    That is the target, and can expect to hear something along those lines next month.

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