– 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.
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).
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