#7 Mountain State 23-6 (Beckley, W.VA.)


No. Name Ht. Position Year
0 Jabs Newby 6-2 Guard Junior
1 Kofi Mensa 6-4 Guard Junior
2 Can Korkmaz 6-2 Guard Junior
4 Jai Chhabra 5-10 Guard Freshman
11 TyQuane Goard 6-6 Forward Sophomore
14 Noah Cottrill 6-3 Guard Junior
20 Najee Whitehead 6-3 Guard Freshman
22 Bryan Lowther 6-5 Guard Senior
23 Hamala Keita 6-6 Forward Junior
25 Justin Drummond 6-3 Guard Junior
30 Shaquille Thomas 6-7 Forward Junior
32 Jamal Newman 6-1 Guard Junior
33 Micah Pfalzgraff 6-10 Center Senior
42 Deniz Kilicli 6-9 Center Senior

Head Coach: Rob Fulford — 90-25 in four years at Mountain State Academy

Noah Cottrill

Cottrill has already established himself as one of the nation’s top scorers. He averages 26 points and four assists per game. Cottrill, who has committed to West Virginia, is rated No. 59 in the ESPNE Super 60.

Shaquille Thomas

Thomas gives Mountain State a versatile weapon who can play both inside and out. He’s rated No. 56 in the ESPNU Super 60 and is considering the likes of Kansas, Florida, Syracuse and Oklahoma State.

Deniz Kilicli

Kilicli has experienced a meteoric rise on the U.S. prep scene since moving from Turkey last summer. Rated the nation’s No. 28 recruit in the ESPNU 100, Kilicli signed with West Virginia. He averages 15 points and nine boards per game.

Mountain State went through a difficult schedule, picking up victories over several elite teams such as Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.) Two of the Falcons' six losses came against ESPN RISE FAB 50 No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) while another was to No. 6 St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.). A battle-tested squad with the inside-outside play of Deniz Kilicli, Noah Cottrill and Shaquille Thomas, Mountain State could surprise NHSI opponents. Coach Rob Fulford says to keep an eye on freshman Najee Whitehead.

This is Mountain State's fourth year as a varsity program and only second playing a national schedule. The Falcons went 37-5 last year against some of the country's best teams.

The Falcons' roster includes two players from Turkey, three from Canada and one from France.

Shaquille Thomas' uncle is NBA veteran Tim Thomas.