April 14, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced the 2012-13 team awards on Sunday, April 14. The honors were given out at the team's annual end-of-year banquet at the Omni Hotel in Providence, R.I. First Team All-BIG EAST player junior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named the Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player. Other highlights included senior Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earning the John Zannini Coaches Award, junior Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) earning the Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player Award, junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich) receiving the Top Rebounder Award and freshman Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) being named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect. Batts and Dunn shared the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year honors. Juniors Lee Goldsbrough (Newcastle, England) and Ted Bancroft (Marion, Mass.) earned the Lenny WilkensHustle Award. In addition, Cotton received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award after posting the team's highest grade-point average.
Cotton had an outstanding offensive season as he led the Friars to an 19-15 mark, a 9-9 record in the BIG EAST and a 2-1 mark in the NIT. Cotton earned All-BIG EAST First-Team honors in March. 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 Marshon Brooks(26.0 ppg) in 2011. 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 marked the 11th time a PC player received All-BIG EAST First Team honors. Cotton scored 20 or more points in 19 of the 32 games he played this season, including a season-high 33 points versus Boston College on December 22. He also led the team and the BIG EAST in scoring in overall action, averaging 19.7 ppg. Cotton led the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made per game (3.1). He also set the Providence record for three-point field goals in a season with 98.
Council missed 10 games due to a leg injury but came back to lead the BIG EAST in assists (130) and assists per game (7.2). Council recorded eight or more assists in nine of the team's 18 league games. He also led the league in assist to turnover ratio at 2.50. Council ranks first all-time in assists at Providence with 726 in 118 games (6.2 apg). On February 16, he recorded 11 assists in the Friars' 71-54 win over No. 21 Notre Dame and surpassed the all-time mark at Providence established by Ernie DiGregorio(662 assists) from 1970-73. He also recorded seven assists in the Friars' loss to Syracuse on February 20 and established the BIG EAST all-time assist mark. He surpassed the record which was set in 1989 by Sherman Douglas of Syracuse (426 assists in league action). He finished his career with 454 assists (6.4 apg) in 71 league games. Council finished the season ranked fourth on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game. For his career, he recorded 1,499 career points (12.7 ppg) and ranks 15th all-time in scoring at Providence.
Batts had a breakout season as he shared the BIG EAST Most Improved Award with Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse. Batts became just the second Friar all-time to earn the league's Most Improved Award and the first since Herbert Hillreceived the accolade in 2007. Batts averaged 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He recorded five double-doubles this season. He ranked 13th in the league in scoring, sixth in rebounding and 12th in field goal percentage (47.8 percent, 188-393). In 2012, Batts averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Dunn missed nine games with shoulder injury but joined the team in December. He started 18 of 25 games and averaged 5.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Henton led the team in rebounding for the second consecutive season. He grabbed 282 rebounds for an 8.3 rebound per game average. He also finished third on the team in scoring, averaging 13.0 points per game.
Goldsbrough started 10 of the 30 games he played this season. He scored 53 points and grabbed 74 rebounds. Bancroft started two of 30 games, scoring 20 points and recording 43 rebounds.
In addition to the team awards, John Fitzgerald received the Duffy Dwyer Fan of the Year Award and Tom Stone was named the Donor of the Year.
2011-12 Providence College Men's Basketball Awards: Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player -Bryce Cotton. John Zannini Coaches Award - Vincent Council. Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year - Kadeem Batts and Kris Dunn. Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player - Kadeem Batts. Top Rebounder Award - LaDontae Henton. Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect - Kris Dunn. Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award - Lee Goldsbrough and Ted Bancroft. Thomas Ramos Academic Award - Bryce Cotton. -GO FRIARS-
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