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Position: Shooting Guard
High School: St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif.
Cotton played one season of junior college basketball at Long Beach City College and one injury-riddled season at Alabama before declaring himself ready for the NBA. Some scouts would beg to differ. Although he's a solid physical specimen, he might not have the game to excel in the NBA. That's because he isn't an outside scoring threat (a meager 25 percent from 3-point range at Alabama), and he relies on slashing to the basket and low-post moves to get his points. True enough, such undersized bruisers as Charles Barkley and Adrian Dantley thrived in the NBA, but Cotton isn't quite the banger those two were. Cotton averaged 15.5 points despite suffering from a variety of nagging injuries and was a second-team All-SEC pick. He might have benefited from another year of college and some intense work on his jumper.
NotablesHe's been around. Since being featured in a Sports Illustrated article when he was 15, Cotton has been to a HS and a prep school and three colleges.
Averaged 25.8 ppg at Long Beach CC in two years
Slated to go to NC State, but wound up at Alabama
Fifth-leading scorer in the SEC at 15.5
His older brother, James, was drafted by Denver in the second round of the '97 Draft
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