2012-2013 Player Preview Countdown: #3 Bryce Cotton

dave@friarblog —  November 7th, 2012 9:12 AM —  Comments
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Can Cotton shoot 40% from three this year?

Leading up until the season, Friarblog is counting down and profiling the Friar players who will be seeing the court this season.

Here are the previous rankings

#9. Lee Goldsbrough

#8. Brice Kofane

#7. Sidiki Johnson

#6. Josh Fortune

#5. Kadeem Batts

#4. Kris Dunn

#3. Bryce Cotton

Last season Bryce Cotton exceeded all expectations and become one of the better long range shooters in the conference. Early on in the year there were questions if Cotton’s strong play would hold up as the competition level increased. How did Ice respond? Nobody made more threes in BIG EAST play (well D’Angelo Harrison had the same amount in less attempts, but technically nobody had more makes). The question this season will be if Cotton can follow up his impressive sophomore year with the same or more production on a more consitent basis with increased expectations.

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Nickname: Ice. Does he insist on people calling him Ice yet? He better. When he found out his nickname was Ice it was one of my most prouder moments of the blog.

Follow: Twitter: @BCotton_11

Stud stats: Cotton shot an impressive 37.9% from long range, and had four BIG EAST games in which he made 5 threes (including a 6-11 performance in the Nova loss). His most memorable performance came in the UConn game, in which he caught fire in the 2nd half to help drive a sweet comeback victory against the Huskies. Ice is also one of the best foul shooters in the conference, coming very close to hitting 90% of his freebies.

Dud stats: Shooters have their off nights, and Cotton had a couple of bad stretches. In early February towards the end of BIG EAST play, Cotton shot a disastrous 5-34 over the course of three loses (South Florida, Cincinnati, and Georgetown). Twenty-three of those attempts were from behind the arc.

I know what you did last summer: It wasn’t quite the summer, but Cotton almost transfered in the Spring. My tears were able to stop after Cooley convinced him to stay. Let’s move past that, it was a rough time in my life. In the summer, Cotton and LaDontae Henton spent a few weeks in Europe on the Global Sports Academy Tour. They visited Germany, Belgium, and France and played several games against various EuroLeague teams. You can read about their trip in an interview I did with their coach.

Know your role: As long as Bryce Cotton is out on the court (and it will be a lot again for depth reasons), Ed Cooley will be yelling on the sidelines for him to shoot the ball whenever he can. We’ll see how the potential point guard experiments go until Kris Dunn can take over, but Cotton’s main role again is going to be providing offense by spreading the court with his outside shooting.

Relevant Tune: “Ice, Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice

Ice ice baby
Too cold
Ice ice baby
Too cold too cold
Ice ice baby
Too cold
Ice ice baby
Too cold too cold

If Bryce Cotton was a TV Show: ESPN’s 30 for 30. A) Because one game this year Ice will go 30 for 30 from behind the arc, mark my words. B) ESPN will make a 30 for 30 in 15 years about this performance.

Best case scenario: In addition to fine tuning his long range shooting, Cotton brings a little more versatility with improved ball handling. In out of conference play, he helps successfully spell Vincent Council to keep him fresh for BIG EAST play. When Dunn comes into the picture, Cotton doesn’t have to play the point anymore, but has a lot more confidence and experience. This leads to even more offensive production as Cotton develops into more than just a catch and shoot offensive player.

Worst case scenario: Cotton tries to do too many other things that take away his focus of being a dangerous long range shooter. Before Kris Dunn can play, Cotton gets caught up trying to create for his teammates too much and has many turnovers. Games where he disappears offensively for long stretches become more and more frequent, causing the Friars offense to stall far too often.

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