Eagletown’s Brendon Cottrell: Athlete Spotlight Presented By McCurtain County National Bank

By Nick Hampton

The 2018-19 basketball season was one that Brendon Cottrell would just as soon forget. It was the first game of his junior season after being the Eagles go-to guy during his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

“I had played the first three quarters of our season opener and then I tore my ACL and was done for the year,” said the Eagle senior.” It was tough for sure to not be able to play last year but I knew I had to focus on therapy and get back for my senior season. I’m still working on getting back to 100 percent in my jumping and being able to drive to the basket.”

Patrick Trowbridge took over the coaching duties at Eagletown this season and says that Cottrell, who’s averaging 12 points and five assists per game, is pretty much indispensable to the Eagles.

“He runs the floor for me and is a good leader on both ends of the floor and can really get after it. He sets a good example as a team leader for us.”

Those around him say that Brendon has been a team leader since junior high and he has some insight into what he feels makes a good leader.

“I think a good leader is someone who can get people to do the right thing. And when they get their heads down, a leader has to be able to get them to pick themselves up and just let them know they’ll get it next time,” said Cottrell who is also president of the Eagletown High FFA chapter.

He points to a group of older guys that set the example for him when he was still in junior high.

“Those guys like Derek Jamison, Jacob Mayhassey, Cody Lollar and Takota London really influenced me. They’d let me come to the gym with them and shoot around and they were big role models.”
That year the Eagles went deep into the area tournament and were 20-9. Cody Carlisle was the coach at the time and recalls Brendon and that team.

“I coached Brendon in the eighth grade that season and he was a team manager for the high school. I wanted him to be around those guys and see how they played and kind of encouraged that bond they all had. Brendon has a lot of athletic ability, but he was also a real gym rat and spent a lot of his own time working on his game. Those seniors were all gone when Brendon got to high school the next year so he became a key part of starting a rebuilding effort at Eagletown.”

While the Eagles are still a work in progress for the upcoming playoffs this year, Brendon Cottrell is one person who is certainly glad to see 2019 in his rearview mirror.