Oct. 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today (Oct. 16) that Providence College senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team. Cotton's teammate, senior forward Kadeem Batts (Boston, Mass.) received Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades. The All-BIG EAST Teams and the Preseason Coaches Poll were announced today at the league's media day at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The Friars were picked sixth of 10 teams in the Coaches Poll.
Cotton, who earned 2013 All-BIG EAST First Team honors, is the only 2013 All-BIG EAST First or Second Team selection returning to the league this season. He had an impressive 2012-13 season for the Friars. 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. It also was the 11th time a PC player had received All-BIG EAST First Team honors. Cotton scored 20 or more points in 18 of the 31 games he had played in 2012-13, 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 three pointers per game).
Last season, Batts became just the second Friar all-time to earn the league's Most Improved Award and the first since Herbert Hill received the accolade in 2007. Batts had a breakout season for the Friars in 2012-13. He averaged 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He recorded five double-doubles on the season. He ranked 13th in the league in scoring, sixth in rebounding and 12th in field goal percentage (47.8 percent, 188-393).
The Friars will open the season with Late Night Madness Festivities on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall. The team will play its first exhibition game on Saturday, November 2 versus Rhode Island College at 7 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Tickets for the game can be purchased at friars.com or by calling the Providence College Ticket office at 401-865-GOPC.
PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Doug McDermott, Creighton
PRESEASON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Rysheed Jordan, St. John's
PRESEASON All-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM: Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 175, Accokeek, Md. Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va. Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Sr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz. D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's, G, Jr., 6-4, 204, Missouri City, Texas Semaj Christon, Xavier, G, So., 6-3, 190, Cincinnati, Ohio
*PRESEASON All-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM: Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Sr., 6-8, 208, Baltimore, Md. Jamil Wilson, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 230, Racine, Wis. JaKarr Sampson, St. John's, F, So., 6-9, 214, Akron, Ohio Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, G/F, Sr., 6-6, 215, Paterson, N.J. Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, So., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa. JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, Jr., 6-7, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y. *a tie in the balloting created an extra position
PRESEASON All-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION: Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, 6-10, 245, Boston, Mass. Chris Obekpa, St. John's, C, So., 6-9, 240, Makurdi, Nigeria
Men's Preseason Coaches Poll (First-place Votes) Pts. 1.) Marquette (5) 74 2.) Georgetown (2) 70 3.) Creighton (1) 61 4.) Villanova 58 5.) St. John's (2) 56 6.) Providence 41 7.) Xavier 38 8.) Seton Hall 20 9.) Butler 19 10.) DePaul 13
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