MABLETON, Ga. -- Kevin Ware isn't the only local athlete to play for a Final Four team.
Wichita State standout Tekele Cotton will face Ware's team, the Louisville Cardinals, Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
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Cotton graduated from Whitefield Academy in Mableton. Whitefield's basketball coach, Tyrone Johnson, describes the Wichita State sophomore as "a man of honor, as well as integrity."
Although Whitefield is known as a basketball powerhouse, the team never won a state championship while Cotton played there.
"We won the year before he came and the year after he left -- not because of Tekele!" Johnson said.
Still, Johnson sees Cotton as a role model for younger players, because he manages to stay humble even while helping his team achieve a national ranking.