Ex-LIU Guard Virshon Cotton Transferring to New Mexico State Hoops


Former LIU (Brooklyn) guard Virshon Cotton is transferring to New Mexico State Men’s Basketball program, per his Tweet on Saturday.

Guard Virshon Cotton is making the move to New Mexico State Basketball.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Cotton played his red-shirted junior season with the Sharks, averaging 3.9 points per game, and he totaled 51 assists in the 2020-21 campaign.

Before that, he averaged 8.6 ppg in 2019-20 in Brooklyn.

Cotton sat out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. He played in 28 contests with the University of Akron, making six starts during his freshman season.

Previous to college, Cotton spent his senior year playing for national power Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. There, he averaged 15 points and six assists per game on 39 percent shooting from three-point land and 88 percent from the charity stripe in his senior season.

Additionally, Cotton helped lead the Bruins to a 33-6 overall mark and the 2017 Grind Session High School Basketball National Championship, while being ranked No. 9 in the nation in the MaxPreps Independent poll.

He played his junior and sophomore seasons at Milwaukee King High School, averaging 18.1 and 7.6 points per game, respectively.

In 46 games at King, Cotton averaged 12.4 points per game and totaled 571 points.

New Mexico State posted a 25-6 overall record and went 16-0 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action in the 2019-20 campaign.

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