March 10, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today (March 10) that Providence College junior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named All-BIG EAST First Team. His teammate, junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.), earned BIG EAST Honorable mention honors.
Cotton has had an impressive season for the Friars. He finished the BIG EAST season as the scoring leader, averaging 18.3 points per game. He is the fifth Friar all-time to lead the league in scoring, and the first since Marson Brooks (26.0 ppg) in 2011. He also joins former Friars Herbert Hill (2007, 19.9 ppg), Ryan Gomes (2005, 23.2 ppg), and Eric Murdock (1991, 27.2 ppg) as BIG EAST scoring leaders. Cotton became the 10th Friar all-time to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors and the first since Brooks earned the accolade in 2011. It also is the 11th time a PC player has received All-BIG EAST First Team honors.
Cotton has scored 20 or more points in 16 of the 28 games he has played this season, including 30 points in the Friars' win over UNC Asheville on November 18 and a season-high 33 points versus Boston College on December 22. He also leads the team and the BIG EAST in scoring in overall action, averaging 19.6 ppg. Cotton leads the BIG EAST and ranks ninth in the nation in three-point field goals made per game. The junior guard is averaging 3.1 three pointers per game. He leads the team in three-point field goal shooting at 37.6 percent (88-234).
It is the second All-BIG EAST First Team honor for Cotton as he was named College Sports Madness.com First Team selection today.
Batts had a breakout season for the Friars. He is averaging 15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He has recorded five double-doubles and was named BIG EAST player of the Week on February 11. He ranks 11th in the league in scoring, sixth in rebounding and 10th in field goal percentage (49.0 percent, 87-147).
The Friars will return to action on Wednesday, March 13 at Noon as the No. 8 seed versus No. 9 seed Cincinnati at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. on ESPN in the BIG EAST Tournament.
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass. *Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205, Sikeston, Mo. Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-11, 245, Kebemer, Senegal Russ Smith, Louisville, G, Jr., 6-0, 165, Briarwood, N.Y. Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 246, Glenview, Ill. Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Jr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y. Vander Blue, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-4, 200, Madison, Wisc. Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 202, Bowie, Md. Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, G, So., 6-6, 185, Hamilton, Mass. C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Baltimore, Md.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md. Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, Sr., 6-0, 185, Seattle, Wash. Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-0, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y. Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4,210, Jamesville, N.Y. JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, So., 6-6, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va. Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, Jr., 6-9, 245, Powder Springs, Ga. JaKarr Sampson, St. John's, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, F, Jr., G-F, 6-6, 205, Paterson, N.J.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM^ Omar Calhoun, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Fr., 6-3, 227, Indianapolis, Ind. Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, C, Fr., 7-0, 250, Roturua, New Zealand Chris Obekpa, St. John's, C, Fr., 6-9, 223, Makurdi, Nigeria *JaKarr Sampson, St. John's, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio *Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.
*Denotes unanimous selection. ^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.
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