March 12, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today (March 12) that Providence's College senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 5 First Team on Wednesday, March 12. In the last few days, Cotton has earned a number of honors, including First Team All-BIG EAST, NBC Sports.com Second Team All-America and USBWA District 1 All-District 1 First Team.
Cotton earned the honor after leading the BIG EAST in assists with 6.1 apg 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).
NABC All-District 5 First Team
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Bryce Cotton, Providence
Semaj Christon, Xavier
James Bell, Villanova
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's