When you speak to Schea Cotton, he commands your attention. You can feel the experiences when the now 38-year old, former #1 High School basketball player in the country shares his life experiences.
Such is probably going to be the case when you talk to a man who, at 15, was already better than his older contemporaries at the time. Players such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce are just some of the names Schea was lauded over. Greatness on the basketball court was expected, almost a forgone conclusion. But things didn’t work out; and not necessarily for the reasons one might assume.
In today’s podcast I had the privilege of sitting down with Schea Cotton, the high school basketball legend, whose film “Manchild” will be premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 2nd at 9:00 p.m. (PST). (if you’re in the Los Angeles area, click the link for details on how to get tickets https://tickets.lafilmfestival.com/ )
I talk to Schea about his early life (4:00) and why he played basketball. His rise in the high school ranks while playing for Mater Dei and St. John Bosco (10:00). We also talk about what happened that kept him from playing basketball for two years before ending up in Alabama (15:00). We discuss his work today as an AAU coach and what he hopes people take away from the movie (20:00).
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Kyrie Irving might be fast becoming my favorite Duke player of all-time.
And I’m not a Duke fan.
Irving challenged Kobe Bryant to a game of 1-on-1 for charity ($50,000 donation) next summer and upon hearing this I immediately got so excited it shocked me. Check out the exchange provided by DukeBluePlanet Youtube page
Also, you can’t really fault Kobe’s bravado; especially considering who he is. But ummmm Kyrie not dribbling? He might wanna check the practice tape.