On December 29, 2020, WVU forward Isaiah Cottrell suffered an achilles injury, ending his freshman season abruptly.
Cottrell has spent the past year dealing with doubt, rehab and getting back onto the court. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native has been adapting into his new role on the team this season, as Cottrell admits to playing more conservative.
Cottrell took it to Twitter on Wednesday night to reflect on his one year since the injury.
A year ago today i suffered one of the worst injuries you can get as an athlete. I never thought I’d be playing right now.🙏🏽
— Isaiah Cottrell (@IsaiahCottrell) December 30, 2021
When you think about it, it really is incredible that Cottrell is playing right now, playing important minutes as well. Many basketball stars like Kobe Bryant, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay have struggled to return to their former selves after suffering achilles injuries. Kevin Durant and Dominque Wilkins are the rare occasions of the player returning to their primes.
Cottrell has been able to return to the court and average 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 15 minutes per game. The redshirt freshman is shooting 43 percent from the field through 12 games.
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