Signing Day apparently nets a positive result for Friars
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
As the 2012 Spring signing period opens up for the college basketball world, the PC Friars apparently received a commitment from someone they previously thought was already committed.
Contrary to internet rumors and innuendo that have been running rampant through the PC program over the past few days, sophomore guard Bryce Cotton - who may have indeed been contemplating a transfer to another school - intends to stay a Friar.
"I am fully committed to our basketball program and I am excited about the direction the program is headed in," Cotton said Wednesday afternoon, in a release provided by the school. "I am looking forward to continuing my education and graduating from Providence College."
Cotton was in attendance at a team workout Wednesday afternoon. The shooting guard from Tucson, AZ averaged 14.3 points per game in nearly 39 minutes of playing time per game during Big East games this past season, and led the team with 77 three-point field goals. His alleged desire to transfer from the program has been the subject of wild speculation among Friar fans and followers, in the wake of sophomore Gerard Coleman's transfer and the planned transfers of sophomore Ron Giplaye and redshirt junior Bilal Dixon. Dixon will graduate from PC next month, and intends to play elsewhere in his final season of collegiate eligibility.
"I can't really comment on it," PC head coach Ed Cooley said, deferring to a planned meeting with athletic department officials before making his feelings known.
As the signing period for college hoop prospects opens Wednesday, Cooley did say that he and his staff continue to press the flesh, and reach out in search of additions for next year that will strengthen the program. "There are so many moving parts, we've lost a couple of guys, there's too many moving pieces right now," Cooley said. "We’re trying to identify guys up front, we’re tying to add quality depth to our front court. Guys are still going to visit campuses and other schools, so it could be a couple of weeks, it could be a month (before we know anything) depending on when kids want to make decisions."