Western Carolina University missed out on extending a family legacy when Hayesville senior Zach Cottrell committed to Appalachian State earlier this month.
The Catamounts aren’t giving up so easy.
They are the first Division I college program to offer a scholarship to Cottrell’s younger brother, Yellow Jackets sophomore Josh Cottrell.
Josh Cottrell is a 6-foot-2 guard who averaged 11.0 points per game as a sophomore for the Big Smoky Mountain Conference champion Yellow Jackets (21-6).
Hayesville’s season opener is Dec. 4 at Swain County.
Both Cottrell brothers are the sons of longtime 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. Michael Cottrell coached the Hayesville boys to their first-ever NCHSAA 1-A championship in 2004.
The grandfather of Josh and Zach Cottrell, Steve, was the head coach at WCU for a decade before resigning in 1987.
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