After watching his AAU teammate and close friend Dakota Euton make his decision two weeks ago, West Virginia point guard Noah Cottrill wasted little time in making his.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard from Poca (W.V.) High School is staying in state and will play for West Virginia and Bob Huggins. Cottrill participated in the Mountaineers Elite Camp last week and took a couple of days to mull over an early offer. On Sunday, he made the call.
"I've been lucky enough to have a lot of great coaches at my AAU games in the past. Billy Donovan, Tubby Smith, Billy Gillispie. They've all been in to see me. But coach Huggins and his staff were at all of my games," Cottrill said. "Every time I looked up, they were there. They were there for every step I took."
Cottrill, the first West Virginia native to commit to WVU since Kevin Pittsnogle, said the opportunity to play in-state was tough to turn down.
"It's only two hours away from home so my family can see me play," he said. "I want to keep working hard and get there and play in the starting five. That's important to me. I want to work my tail off in order to win a lot of games and make everyone around me better."
As a future point guard of the program, Cottrill said he's already formed a strong bond with his future head coach.
"When you first see him, you kind of think he's a stiff guy but when you go in to shake his hand, he's a pull you in, give you a hug kind of guy," Cottrill said. "He's a nice guy but also a strong minded guy. That's what I like in my coach."
Cottrill also considered Florida, Kentucky and Marshall. He and his talented Ohio Basketball Club 15 and under team will take to the court next week for the adidas Take 5ive Classic in Cincinnati.