Tekele Cotton’s road leads back home, to Atlanta

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Let’s start with a question: What could be sweeter for a college basketball player than a trip to the Final Four? The common sense answer would be, nothing. But then again, you might no know the back story of Shocker sophomore, Tekele Cotton.

“To be here, I’m mean, makes it even more special because this is where I’m from,” Cotton said. “My family, my friends can come out and watch me play. My mom is here, she lives right up the road.”

12 miles up the road, you’ll also find the picturesque Whitefield Academy, a Christian prep academy that Cotton attended his junior and senior years. And even a drab, dreary day couldn’t cloud the enthusiasm of having one of their own playing in the Final Four.

“It’s kind of like reading a fable, or a childhood story, I mean you couldn’t draw this up,” former Whitefield basketball coach Tyrone Johnson said. “Tekele is a blue collar player, he’s not pretty, but he’s a subtle warrior.”

Even though Cotton was a star at Whitefield, major Division I programs never came calling. But Johnson knew the Shockers would be something special.

Cotton’s teammate Carl Hall is also a Georgia native.

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