Hayesville senior Zach Cottrell has committed to play college basketball for Appalachian State.
The 6-foot-5 guard is a three-time Big Smoky Mountain Conference Player of the Year and was a Citizen-Times All-WNC pick as a junior after averaging 17.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Cottrell also had scholarship offers from Western Carolina University, Charlotte, Lehigh and Mercer.
His ultimate choice is a bit unexpected. Cottrell is the son of Hayesville coach Michael Cottrell who set a Western North Carolina record for career scoring (2,503 points) at now-defunct Cullowhee High from 1984 to 1987 before playing college ball at WCU.
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