St. John’s offered an incoming high school freshman this week named Isaiah Cottrell. He’s an intriguing 6’7” forward from Las Vegas who plays on the Las Vegas Prospects - the same AAU team as KJ Hymes, a 2018 forward that Chris Mullin and the Red Storm have offered.
On Cottrell, from the Las Vegas Sun:
He has only played organized basketball since sixth grade and has moments in which his inexperience, whether it’s a turnover on a bad pass or attempting an awkward-looking shot, is obvious.
What’s also obvious is the talent, coaches say. And Cottrell has the one trait that’s impossible to teach: measurables.
“He’s a good-looking kid already,” Anthony Brown said. “He’s 6-7 with a size-18 shoe. He’s going to get better. He’s going to get stronger.”
There will be built-in expectations for Cottrell, or any player who has major scholarship offers entering high school, to develop into a blue-chip recruit. Those expectations could be magnified at Gorman, where he follows notables such as [Shabazz] Muhammad or [Stephen] Zimmerman....
Here’s a tweet with a highlight of Cottrell:
Big fella went to work last night 6'7 Isaiah Cottrell. Like this young fella! @LVProspects https://t.co/WEb3xIAyBi— Unit 1 Hoops (@u1hoop) July 28, 2016
Cottrell also has offers from UNLV and the University of Pacific. St. John’s is in early, though this offer is obviously not binding in either way - just a show of faith and interest from the Red Storm as they look nationally for Big East stars.