High school sports: Cotton's mom — not buzzer-beaters — the highlight of his week

2013-03-28T22:00:00Z High school sports: Cotton's mom — not buzzer-beaters — the highlight of his weekBy Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 28, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

Former Palo Verde star Bryce Cotton hit similar buzzer-beating three- pointers to make SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays twice in the last five days.

However, that wasn’t the highlight of his week. Cotton, a 6-foot-1-inch guard at Providence College, arranged for his mom, Yvonne, and three relatives to attend his team’s NIT quarterfinal game Wednesday night at Baylor. They made the approximately 16-hour drive to Waco, Texas.

“It was really big-time for my mom to come because (the game was) the day after the anniversary of when I lost my grandmother last year,” Cotton told me Thursday. “And she was from Texas, so that game was very meaningful to me even though we didn’t come out with the win.”

Cotton led Providence with 23 points but the Friars lost 79-68. The former Titan averaged a team-high 22.7 points in the team’s three NIT games.

Cotton had a huge junior season: He was selected to the All-Big East first team and led the conference in scoring at 19.6 points per game, which former Palo Verde coach Chris Klassen, who has kept in touch with Cotton, called “unreal.”

Read more about Cotton and other Southern Arizona high school sports in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.

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