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.
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.
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.