June 3, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today (June 3) that Providence College senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was one of 30 players invited to the 2013 USA Men's Basketball World University Games Team training camp. The camp will be held June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cotton had an outstanding offensive season as he led the Friars to a 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 most three-point field goals in a season with 98.
"We are proud that Bryce has been selected to attend such a prestigious camp," Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley said. "He has worked very hard to improve so many aspects of his game. Being selected to attend this camp is a testament to his work ethic and ability."
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) men's basketball competition is scheduled to be played July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Finalists for the team are expected to be announced on June 27 or 28, and the 12-member roster will be announced prior to the team's departure for Russia on July 1.
Davidson College's Bob McKillop will lead Team USA, with assistant coaches John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina. Additionally, Tad Boyle of the University of Colorado, Jim Kessler of Grace College (NAIA) and Matt Matheny from Elon University were tabbed as court coaches for training camp.