BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Noah Cottrill, the four-star point guard who signed with West Virginia in 2010 and departed without playing a game, has left Division II West Virginia Wesleyan after one season.

While Wesleyan coach Patrick Beilein described Cottrill’s departure as “a mutual agreement” on Tuesday, he emphasized “there were no hard feelings.”

As a freshman last season, Cottrill averaged 12.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 24 games for Wesleyan, including 19 starts.

“His skill set is very high,” Beilein said. “He still has a lot of game in him.”

In 2010 he became a Parade All-American while leading Logan High School to the West Virginia Class AAA state championship, culminating with a 22-point, 10-rebound performance against Wheeling Park.

WVU outrecruited Florida and Kentucky to land Cottrill, but the 6-foot-3 player—billed as one of the state’s best homegrown talents in years—was suspended during his first semester in Morgantown. He withdrew from school months later in January 2011.

Cottrill was arrested in December 2011 for possession of hydrocodone and a stolen gold chain.

He subsequently planned to restart his college career at Mountain State University during the summer of 2012 but that program folded and he wound up at Wesleyan.

“He understands the game and he came a long way with being a leader on our team,” said Beilein, who confirmed Cottrill had re-enrolled for fall semester classes at Wesleyan that started in mid-August. “He looked to be in good shape, looked like he had been working out.”

A source said Cottrill was considering transferring to an NAIA program in Kentucky.

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  • Jay


    Sorry. I just thought it needed to be seen in print.

  • garth

    drugs are a big problem for the southerner's. don't know about stealing.

  • jm

    that is what meth does to ya

  • Mike

    Cottrill. Does anyone really care anymore?

  • Big Amanda

    Hey Big Larry, call me. I like your style. (phone # is in my profile)

  • tony


  • Small Terry

    Come on give Big Larry a break

  • cutty77

    Noah couldn't play in Mo-Town of Fla. either. Div. 2 at best. He's a Nice Basketball Player,but not big enough,and strong to compete with The Big Boys. I wish him well whatever he does.

  • Rich

    Drugs ruin another life.

  • chasmo

    goodness, NOT many schools left- D1,2,NAIA ---still have D3 .as mentioned, loser on the loose

  • Jason

    A kid that needs some guidance for sure. He obviously is heading in all the wrong directions and has tons of promise, but can't get his head on straight enough to keep it where it belongs.

  • JoeM

    I wish the kid the best. I hope he figures it out, or finds a strong coach who can devote the time and energy he's going to need to help this kid.

  • Barry

    Man, one little comment from big Larry got some tail feathers ruffled. I think it is odd that so many people jump to Huggins' defense as soon as one little thing is said, and the whole comment board gets dominated by it. Do you guys have staff meetings and discuss how to attack someone who posts anything negative about Huggins?

    • Hines

      Barry -- It's not just "one little comment" that gets people fired up -- The issue is Larry/William/Lee (same person) gets on here and makes negative comments (usually about Huggins) after EVERY article, and it just gets old. I don't even think this person reads the articles, it could be about the volleyball team, and William will comment about Sweatsuit Huggins. It's just sad....

    • EPH

      I think what ruffles the feathers is that Huggins is bought up and belittled in articles that have nothing to do with him, like this one. Happens all the time by the same haters, and it's just gotten old.....very old.

  • ron "from morgantown"

    Cottrill can't see what he is wasting , just like we can't see our own shortcomings.As he gets older it will become more clear to him but by then all will have been lost .

  • D.P.

    Big Larry/William/lee arthur. I imagine you three are all the same person based on your disgusting negativity. Had Cottrill signed with Florida or Kentucky, you would have been the FIRST to post that Huggs can't even recruit our in state players.

    Now get into your green Marshall nightie, go to bed and dream/fantasize about whatever wackjobs like you are into!!!!!