After his senior season at Palo Verde High School, Bryce Cotton was given the twice-over by basketball coaches from Chico State, South Carolina-Upstate, UC-Santa Barbara and Indiana State.
They all declined to offer him a scholarship.
He finally decided he would choose from between Miami Dade Junior College or Pima College.
Call it The Big Miss. Or The Big Misses. Cotton, a 6-foot-1-inch combo guard, signed with Providence four days before school started in 2010.
Last week, Fox Sports 1 broadcast a 10-minute special about Cotton’s career as a Providence Friar. Entering Saturday’s night game against Creighton, Cotton had scored 1,863 points. He passed Providence legends Ernie DiGregorio, Lenny Wilkens and Billy Donovan.
On Senior Day last week in Rhode Island, Cotton was moved to tears when his mother, Yvonne and brother Justin Tarpley joined him on the court. As hard as it would have been to believe in the fall of 2010, Cotton will leave school as one of the greatest Friars ever, joining Eric Murdock, Jimmy Walker, Marvin Barnes, DiGregorio, Wilkens and Donovan.
Not only that, he leads the NCAA in minutes played, an incredible 40.2 per game, and has earned the nickname “Marathon Man” for three times playing all 50 minutes of double-overtime games this year.
So we ask: Where does Cotton rank in Tucson history? Only nine Tucsonans have scored 1,000 points in a Division I college career:
|Player||High school||College||College points|
|Bryce Cotton||Palo Verde||Providence||1863|
|Dave Feitl||Santa Rita||Texas-El Paso||1442|
|Sean Flannery||Salpointe||San Diego||1101|
|Terrell Stoglin||Santa Rita||Maryland||1072|
If the Friars go deep enough into the postseason, Cotton could join the 2,000-point club, which is about as exclusive as it gets in college basketball.
In the summer of 2010, Cotton flew to California on an official recruiting visit to Chico State. The Wildcats sent him home without an offer.
This year, Chico State has lost to Cal State-Monterey Bay and Cal Poly Pomona. Talk about letting one get away.