Awad played high school ball at Clovis West, a perennial powerhouse in California's central section where he was well known for his defensive capabilities.
Awad, who battled back from leukemia and a broken foot last year, averaged 4.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.3 apg. He shot 67% from field, 30% from the 3-pt line, and 86% from the line. His leukemia is currently in remission.
"He is a great kid who will bust his tail for you," says Fresno City head coach Vance Walberg, "and one who is a definite team player."
Cottrell played high school ball at Renton High in Washington state where he earned the Seamount League MVP award with an impressive 29.3 points per game. He also marveled on defense, averaging close to two steals per game.
No stats were immediately available on Cottrell for his sophomore year at Ohlone however, according to the Daily Review, he averaged 9.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg as a freshman. From the Daily Review:
"The JC level is all about the guard play, and Cottrell and Holmes are two of the best," Costello said. "And when you factor in the play of Mychal Green ... that gives them a good foundation, and they have very good depth."
Ohlone coach John Peterson calls Holmes "the best point guard in the conference." Holmes is averaging 11.5 ppg and 6.0 assists while Cottrell averages 9.7 ppg and 5.7 rebounds.
Cottrell was a Star-Times selection and according to the Seattle Times:
[Cottrell is] a long-range shooter who isn't afraid to go inside. Cottrell averaged more than 30 points most of the season, leading Renton to its first Seamount League title since 1995. Finished with a 29.2 average, scoring 30 or more in 10 games, including seven in a row. Seamount King Division MVP never scored below 20 until sore knee hampered final two outings. Also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals.
Also, FinalScore.tv has a bio on the ambidextrous Cottrell which reads, in part:
Renton's Vershan Cottrell may be the least hyped player in the Class of 2002. He didn't play with any of the summer traveling teams so he didn't get "seen" out on the recruiting trail or get any love from the recruiting "gurus."
The 6' 2", 185-pound guard has serious game though. His 29.2ppg led the state. He was the Seamount League MVP and was named to the 3A All-State games by the coaches.
He considers himself a combo guard. "I can play either the one or two, wherever they want me to play." He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals this season.