April 26, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced the 2013-14 team awards on Saturday, April 26. The honors were given out at the team's annual end-of-year banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Providence, R.I. Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American senior Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named the Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year. Other highlights included junior LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) earning the John Zannini Coaches Award, sophomore guard Josh Fortune (Hampton, Va.) earning the Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player Award and sophomore Tyler Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.) being named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect Award. Junior center Carson Desrosiers (Windham, N.H.) earned the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year honors. Senior forward Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) earned the Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award. In addition, Cotton received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award after posting the team's highest grade-point average.
Cotton had another impressive season for the Friars, leading the team to its first BIG EAST title since 1994 and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004. He earned the team's MVP honor after leading the BIG EAST in assists with 6.1 assists per game during regular-season conference play. The senior also ranked second in the BIG EAST in scoring (21.8 ppg, 23.4 ppg BIG EAST play), and ranked ninth in the nation among all NCAA Division I players. He also led the nation in minutes played (39.9 mpg). He averaged 41.9 minutes per BIG EAST contest. Cotton established the Providence College record for minutes played in a season at 1,398. He scored 20 or more points in 26 of the 35 games he played in this season, including a career-high 36 points versus North Carolina on March 21 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. He finished his career ranked fourth all-time in scoring at Providence (1,975 points). In addition to earning Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America accolades, Cotton also was named BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player, First Team All-BIG EAST, Lute Olson All-American, NBC Sports.com Second Team All-American, NABC All-District 5 First Team, USBWA All-District 1 First Team, Rhode Island Division 1 Men's Basketball Player of the Year and Providence College Male Athlete of the Year.
Henton had another strong season for the Friars. He finished second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.9 rpg). It marked the third consecutive season that Henton has led the team in rebounding. His 7.9 rpg ranked second in the BIG EAST. In three seasons, he has recorded 832 rebounds and ranks ninth all-time in rebounding at Providence. He also ranks 21st all-time in scoring at Providence with 1,390 points. Henton recorded five double-doubles in 2013-14, including a 26-point, 14-rebound effort versus Seton Hall in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Fortune started all 35 games for the Friars in 2013-14. The sophomore guard improved all facets of his games. He averaged 8.4 ppg and 3.0 rpg. Those numbers improved over his rookie season where he averaged 5.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg. Fortune made his biggest contribution to the squad behind the three point arc. He was second on the team in three-pointers made (56) and he finished third on the team in three-point field goal percentage (.350). Fortune also was second on the team in assists with 72 (2.1 apg).
Harris finished fourth on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg) in his first season with the Friars. He also was second on the team in free throw shooting (.839). Harris transferred to Providence in 2012 and sat out last
season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Desrosiers led the team in blocks, recording 82 (2.41 bpg) in 34 games. His 82 blocks in 2014 was the eighth best single season total all-time at Providence. He also was fourth on the team in rebounding as he averaged 4.8 boards per game. The 7-foot Friar center averaged 3.6 points per game.
Batts, who earned All BIG EAST Second Team honors, averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He was third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. Batts finished first in the BIG EAST in offensive rebounding (3.1 rpg), fourth in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and eighth in defensive rebounding (4.3 rpg). In 122 career games at Providence, Batts scored 1,289 points and 781 rebounds. He finished his career ranked 25th all-time at Providence in scoring and 11th in rebounding.
In addition to the team awards, Lucile and Mike Calore and Joe and Cathy Ricci each received the Duffy Dwyer Fan of the Year Award and Glen Graham was named the Donor of the Year.