March 10, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced on Monday, March 10 that Providence College senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named to the All-American Second Team by NBCSports.com. Cotton joins Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Cleanthony Early (Wichita State) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) on the Second Team.
Cotton is the 26th Friar all-time to earn an All-America honor. He is the most recent All-American since Marshon Brooks earned Associated Press Third Team All-America honors in 2011.
Cotton earns the honor after ranking second in the BIG EAST in scoring (21.7 ppg, 23.4 ppg BIG EAST play), only behind First Team All-American Doug McDermott. The senior became the BIG EAST assist champion with a 6.1 average in league contests. Prior to his All-American honor, Cotton was named to the BIG EAST First Team for the second consecutive season. He was one of three members of the First Team to be a unanimous selection and joins former Friar Ryan Gomes (2004 and 2005) as only the second Friar ever to earn two All-BIG EAST First Team accolades.
The senior leads the nation in minutes played, averaging 40.1 minutes. He averaged 41.9 minutes per BIG EAST contest. Cotton is tied for ninth in the nation in scoring (21.7). Cotton could become the first player in the nation to average more than 40 minutes per game since Chris Quinn of Notre Dame achieved the feat in 2005-06.
Cotton has scored 20 or more points in 23 of the 31 games he has played this season, including a season-high 32 points versus St. John's on February 4. This season Cotton established the Providence College record for minutes played in a season at 1,244. He ranks fifth all-time in scoring at Providence (1,886 points).
Cotton is on pace to become just the fifth player from a major conference to average 20 or more points and five or more assists in a season since 2002. Cotton is averaging 21.7 ppg and 5.9 apg. The four players that accomplished this since 2002 were Jason Williams of Duke (21.3 ppg, 5.3 apg in 2001-02); Tyrese Rice of Boston College (21.0ppg, 5.0 apg in 2007-08); Evan Turner of Ohio State (20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg in 2009-10) and Nolan Smith of Duke (20.6 ppg, 5.1 apg in 2010-11).
FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Doug McDermott, Creighton (26.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 44.7% 3PT) Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati (20.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg) Russ Smith, Louisville (17.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 spg, 39.4% 3PT) Jabari Parker, Duke (19.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg) Shabazz Napier, UConn (17.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.8 spg, 40.7% 3PT)
SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Kyle Anderson, UCLA (14.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 6.7 apg, 48.0% 3PT) Nick Johnson, Arizona (16.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg) Bryce Cotton, Providence (21.7 ppg, 5.9 apg) Cleanthony Early, Wichita State (16.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg) Andrew Wiggins, Kansas (16.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 spg)
THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
T.J. Warren, N.C. State (24.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg) DeAndre Kane, Iowa State (17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 5.9 apg) Nik Stauskas, Michigan (17.4 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3.3 rpg, 45.8% 3PT) Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico (20.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) Melvin Ejim, Iowa State (18.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg)
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