Cothron, a 6-foot-8 combo forward committed to NC State, totaled 27 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks for the Cougars. He didn't like the way he began the game but was pleased to come away with the victory.
"I should have played a lot better," said Cothron. "I came out lackadaisical, and my coach got on me. I still finished with around 27, but I should have had over 30 in this game."
West Charlotte was playing without its leading scorer, J.T. Terrell who has signed with Wake Forest, and seemed to struggle at times offensively. Terrell was suspended four games by Mecklenberg County for throwing an elbow in a game and will miss all of the Glaxo.
The loss of Terrell left West Charlotte without its go-to guy and Flora MacDonald capitalized by relying on Cothron and Rayvon Harris (17 points).
Cothron committed to NC State a couple of months ago and stated he was pleased with the turnout of Wolfpack fans.
"It makes you feel good," he said. "You see the support behind NC State from the fans."
His decision to not sign with NC State in the fall left some questioning his commitment to the Wolfpack. Does Cothron still considered himself a NC State commitment?
"I'm still definitely committed," he said. "I have good feedback with the coaches. They are ready for the 2010 class to come in so they can win some more games.
"NC State has a good team now, but they can play even better. It's a great program... I like Sidney Lowe a lot. I probably gave a bad vibe like I didn't want to go to State when I didn't sign, but I will be signing in the spring for sure."
Should he ink with NC State Cothron will join the Pack's class that already has signatures from five-star guards Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown. Harrow is also playing in the Glaxo, as he scored 35 in Marietta (GA) Walton's one-point win over Millbrook High School. Cothron had a chance to watch Harrow in action.
"I came early and watched Ryan's whole game," said Cothron. "He's a good point guard. He has great vision and can pass it. I'm ready to play with him."
Cothron indicated that although he's committed to NC State other programs continue to pursue him.
"I'm hearing from Kentucky, Tennessee... teams like that, but I'm still solid with NC State."