Cotterell dazzles California scene

A local basketball player has done
Cayman proud in California.

Davi Cotterell has taken the Santa Clarita
Christian School
to second place in the Heritage League of the California Interscholastic
Federation.

The school is now in the Southern
Section Division I-AA playoffs. The Cardinals won its opening round game last
Wednesday by 24 points. Cotterell was a big part of the victory with 22 points,
eight rebounds and four assists.

In fact Cotterell has been a
stand-out performer throughout the season. The six foot, two inch guard has averaged
nearly 23 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the club.

Cotterell, 18, is a senior at the
prep high school and stays with a host family named the Gaults (assigned by the
school as part of an exchange program) in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The son of Hugh and Patsy
Cotterell, Davi grew up in Bodden
Town and is one of four
children.

Interestingly his older brother
Josh Cotterell, 20, is another basketball prodigy and has been a budding star
on the local scene for some two years now.

Davi Cotterell made the move to the
States two years ago after travelling and trying out for schools in the area under
Cayman basketball technical director Victor “Voot” O’Garro.

Cotterell’s play has nabbed the
attention of many schools. He received scholarship offers from The Master’s
College and the College of the Canyons (both located in California).

Aside from the California trip both Cotterell has a strong
link with O’Garro having played under him on the “Juniors” team that competed
in the national men’s basketball league years ago.  

As O’Garro states he is elated to
hear of Cotterell’s success.

“I’m extremely proud of Davi. He
has always been one of the most consistent trainers in the sport as he seldom
missed practice. He always showed potential.

“I’m really happy about him
maintaining his grades while training in basketball. He’s striking a real
balance between the books and the ball.”

O’Garro went on to say that success
stories like Cotterell bode well for the future of one of Cayman’s primary
sports.

“He’s doing well for himself
getting the scholarships. I know before his season ends he’ll be offered more.
He’s creating a niche for himself with a future armed with an education.

“Because of him doors will be open
for other Caymanians. In fact the head boys coach (James Mosley), who I know
well, has already asked me for more players like Davi.”

Cotterell’s mom Patsy is just as
proud of her son.

“It feels really good seeing Davi
recognized. I’m absolutely floored. I give Coach Voot a lot of credit for
Davi’s success as he does a good job with all the kids here and opens so many
doors.

“The part that hits me is it gives
Cayman such good publicity. Remember he’s in a quite, rich area in a Christian
school living with a Christian family that hasn’t heard much of Cayman or
related with a Caymanian.

“I don’t worry about Davi one bit.
He’s with absolutely amazing Christian people who make wonderful parents. They
keep me up to date on everything whether he’s praying or going out or
whatever.”

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