A local talent is coming back to Las Vegas.
Former Bishop Gorman star Isaiah Cottrell will transfer to UNLV after spending two seasons at West Virginia, he announced via his social media accounts Friday. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
A 6-foot-10-inch forward, Cottrell played most of his prep career at Bishop Gorman before transferring to Huntington Prep in Huntington, West Virginia, for his senior season of high school.
However, he’d earned a scholarship to UNLV before he even debuted for the Gaels, as former Rebels coach Marvin Menzies offered Cottrell after eighth grade.
At Bishop Gorman, Cottrell blossomed into a national prospect. A consensus four-star recruit with more than 25 Division I scholarship offers, he led the Gaels to a Class 4A state championship in 2018-19 while averaging 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 blocks. He committed to West Virginia after the season.
Cottrell left Nevada shortly thereafter, heading to Huntington Prep, where he averaged 18.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He arrived at West Virginia ahead of the 2020-21 season, but his first year didn’t go as planned.
Just 10 games into his Mountaineer career, Cottrell tore his Achilles tendon, prematurely ending his first season. He averaged 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.6 minutes.
In his second year at West Virginia, Cottrell started 28 games, averaging 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds.
While Cottrell prepares to return to Las Vegas, another UNLV player has entered the transfer portal. Forward Reece Brown, who appeared in 19 games and made one start for the Rebels during the 2021-22 season, is leaving the program, a source close to the team confirmed to the Review-Journal. Brown averaged 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds during his sophomore season.