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January 27, 2014

Prospect Spotlight: Kaylee Cotton

2016 McCreary Central High School Forward Kaylee Cotton is the 12th leading scorer in the state according to the KHSAA compilation of stats. She's averaging 21.4 points per game on 49% shooting.

Cotton is also averaging 9.6 rebounds per game, which is only a little shy of putting her among the Top 15 in the state. Check out my interview with one of the state's top scorers and rebounders below:

Q. (Donald Yaste): What is your current height and weight?

Q. (Kaylee Cotton): I'm 5'10 148 pounds.

A. (DY): How has the season gone so far for you and your team?

A. (KC): Our season started out well winning our winning our first two games, however a couple games in to our season our point guard got hurt. We have had other illnesses and injuries but things are starting to pick back up. We are a very young team, with only 3 juniors and no seniors. I'm averaging 22.4* points per game and 9.8* rebounds per game.

Q. (DY): What expectations do you have for yourself this season?

A. (KC): I would like to work on my mid-range jumper, ball handing, and foot speed for defense.

Q. (DY): What expectations do you have for your team?

A. (KC): With losing 5 seniors last year, we need to work on coming together as a team and learning to play as a unit. Only the point guard and I have any varsity experience, we got to play in the regional tournament last year. It was the first time the Lady Raiders had made it in several years. I would hope that we can build a good enough program to make it back to the regional tournament.

Q. (DY): Describe your style of play?

A. (KC): I'm a very physical player, I like to play in very fast pace, competitive games.

Q. (DY): What are you strengths?

A. (KC): Driving to the basket, finishing tough plays and shooting.

Q. (DY): What are your weaknesses?

A. (KC): I need to get better going to my right. I depend too much on going to my dominant hand. There is always room to improve ball handling.

Q. (DY): What do you hope to accomplish through playing basketball?

A. (KC): I hope to play basketball in college while pursing my career in sports medicine.

Q. (DY): Have any colleges reached out to you at this point? If so who?

A. (KC): Yes, I'v received letters from:
University of Rhode Island
University of California
University of Tennessee at Martin
Lamar University
Tulane University
University of North Florida
Miami (OH) University
East Tennessee State University
Austin Peay State University

Q. (DY): What is your greatest fear?

A. (KC): Crickets, being burned and losing my parents or brother.

Q. (DY): What is your best characteristic?

A. (KC): I am a very outgoing person, I love to meet new people and try new things.

Q. (DY): What is your nickname and how did you get it?

A. (KC): Bug, my grandma has called me that since I was a baby and it's just stuck.

Q. (DY): What is one hidden talent you possess?

A. (KC): Dancing and bow hunting.

Q. (DY): What is your favorite quote?

A. (KC): "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden

Q. (DY): What is your favorite food?

A. (KC): Mashed potatoes and gravy.

Q. (DY): Who is your biggest role model?

A. (KC): My mother, she is a great Christian woman that takes care of my brother, dad, and I better then anyone ever could. She was a very good athlete as well.

Q. (DY): What's your dream school?

A. (KC): The University of Tennessee.

Q. (DY): Who is your dream coach?

A. (KC): Pat Summit.

Q. (DY): Whose game to you model yours after?

A. (KC): I honestly don't model any particular player. I do see things that certain players do and try to work on it so it can carry over to my game but other then that I don't feel like my game is like a certain players.

*Those stats were as of January 1st.

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