Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 1:26 pm  |  18 responses

Video: Schea Cotton – SLAM Photo Shoot

In the mid-’90s, Schea Cotton was the considered the greatest high school player in the nation. At the age of 14, he was considered a “can’t miss” NBA superstar. He was profiled in Sports Illustrated by age 15. Watch his highlights to get a feel for how good Cotton was. But he never reached those lofty expectations. Not even close. Problem was… injuries, AAU propaganda, invalid SAT scores, and… well, you’ll just have to read about everything in Aggrey Sam’s story in the upcoming SLAM 141. Cotton’s now giving back to kids and using his own experiences as a teaching point, most recently at Pangos All-American Camp. That’s where SLAM caught up with the former high school legend:

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  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    I remember Casey Jacobsen writing a story about Schea. It sucks to see a guy fall through like that.

  • http://nba.com/cavaliers Stephon

    Wow what a great player he was, as a 13 year old i’m truly amazed!

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  • Brown14

    I remember the hype he had in Slam an beyond, he was LeBron before LeBron in high school. I’m excited about this story

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    He looks like he can still handle the pill.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Wow.. Schea Cotton. Slam is digging up the past and I love it.

  • Billy Sunday

    can we get a lenny cooke article someday? it mite be hard tho cuz he fell way off. but how bout a john gilchrist article? it was like what 6 years ago he was the 2004 acc tournament mvp doing work against chris duhon and chris paul…

  • ol ricky rhodes

    Always will be a legend. But dumb as hell though

  • Saia Makakaufaki

    I was in the 8th grade and my mom dropped me off at El Toro
    highschool to watch him play as a freshman at Mater Dei.

  • Saia Makakaufaki

    I was in the 8th grade and my mom dropped me off at El Toro
    highschool to watch him play as a freshman at Mater Dei.

  • PlanetAsia14

    D@mn… Never heard of him before to be honest… Then again, I’m only seventeen… But wow, he could ball. Good to see him giving back to the community and whatnot.

  • The Philosopher

    Stay in school, children.

  • rgw\

    great player in high school just when i was born and now he is my coach at the moment.he is amazing and very helpful

  • OCLakerFan

    I am a few years older then Schea and remember him as a freshman and being amazed. Him and Miles Simon, Sean Jackson, they owned Orange County in ’94. I was working out in a local Gym, Los Caballeros, and Schea and his Brother James, who was at LB State at the time started having a dunk off, and Schea went between his legs and smashed it, and this was when the only other person I had ever seen do it was JR Rider in the NBA dunk contest, and this was between Schea’s Freshman and Sophmore year in H.S. He was an unreal talent. I’m glad to see him doing well and can’t wait to read the article. Good Looking Out Slam!

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  • http://Shotmaster.net Shot Mater

    I just met Schea this weekend at the Pagnos Allsatr Camp. Schea was and is an incredible basketball talent. Do you ever wonder why some people have everything go right like Lebron or Kobe. Schea everything they had and more. He has real life experience with trial and tribulation. He has risen from the disappointment and gone on to help many talented young men see that their education, family and living a good clean productive life is called Sucess just as well.

    I celebrate a man you can be the one who has to shoulder the hardship of going from the anointed one to the guy didn’t? Or did he? I believe he did succeed and will continue to prepare more young men for that eventuality!

    Right on Schea!