March 11, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence's College senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named to the District I All-District Team as it was announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday, March 11. District I includes players from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The honor comes a day after Cotton was named Second Team All-American and two days after being named First Team All-BIG EAST. Cotton earned the honor after leading the BIG EAST in assistS with 6.1 in league contests. The senior also ranked second in the BIG EAST in scoring (21.7 ppg, 23.4 ppg BIG EAST play) and is tied ninth nationally in scoring.
The senior leads the nation in minutes played, averaging 40.1 minutes. He averaged 41.9 minutes per BIG EAST contest. 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. This season Cotton established the Providence College record for minutes played in a season at 1,244.
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. 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).
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Ike Azotam, Quinnipiac
Ryan Boatwright, Connecticut
Bryce Cotton, Providence
Alex Francis, Bryant
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Clancy Rugg, Vermont
Wesley Saunders, Harvard
Maurice Watson, Boston U.
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
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