Joe Bendel profiles Beaver Falls graduate Elijah Cottrill, who is now a basketball player at Polk College.
"Coaches rarely acknowledge that a player is irreplaceable. At least not publicly.
Polk State College veteran Matt Furjanic, however, eschewed the practice in discussing sophomore point guard Elijah Cottrill.
"He's like my Ben Roethlisberger; I can't afford to lose him," Furjanic said of Cottrill, a former two-sport star at Beaver Falls High School. "They always say, 'Next man up.' Well, it would take more than just the next man if we lost Elijah."
A combo-guard as a freshman, Cottrill asked to play exclusively at the point this season for Polk State, a junior college headquartered in Winter Haven, Fla."