Month: June 2014

Friar Notes

Bryce Cotton (Photo:

Bryce Cotton (Photo:

Cotton reportedly to sign free agent deal

It has been reported (ProjectSpurs) that Bryce Cotton is currently weighing offers from the reigning 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks in regards to a free agent contract. As it stands, Cotton is set to play for San Antonio’s Las Vegas Summer League team, which will hit the court July 11-21.

Cotton went undrafted in last week’s NBA Draft, despite drawing attraction from a number of teams around the league. Only a few days before the draft, Cotton worked out for the Sacramento Kings and dropped jaws when the generously listed 6’1” Cotton recorded a vertical leap of 46 inches, tied for the highest out of any player in pre-draft workouts.

Obviously reports can change, but more than one reputable source broke the same news over the weekend. It looks like Cotton will at least get the shot that we all know he deserves.

Batts to play for Magic in summer league

Kadeem Batts has agreed to play for the Orlando Magic’s Summer League team, which is set to play in the Orlando league from July 5-11.

Like Cotton, Batts worked out for a number of NBA teams prior to the draft, with the hopes to be given a shot to prove himself in the summer league.

Batts averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season during his senior year with the Friars.

Friar recruit Mitchell visits Providence

Brewster Academy shooting guard, Donovan Mitchell, visited Providence on Friday and everything seems to have gone well.

A native of New York, NY, Mitchell has interest from a number of schools including Connecticut and Florida and is ranked 74th in ESPN100 for the class of 2015. Though there is some competition in the recruitment of Mitchell, Ed Cooley and his staff has been pursuing him for quite some time and has made him a top target.

Just a day later, Mitchell was on the campus of Boston College for a recruiting visit with the Eagles and their new staff.


Mason has “good visit” at Providence

The Friars hosted highly coveted Niagara University transfer Antoine Mason this past weekend. Not too much to go off of, but the 6’3″ guard did tweet that his visit to Providence went well:

Mason had previously visited Auburn University and it’s been reported that he will visit Boston College in the next week.

Mason is one of the nation’s top returning scorers, averaging 37.6 minutes played and 25.6 points per game during his junior season at Niagara last year. Over just three seasons at Niagara, Mason ranks third in program history in scoring with 1,923 total points. After Niagara finished with a 19-14 record in 2012-13, the Purple Eagles fell off last year, going just 7-26 including a conference record of 3-17.

In Providence, Mason would get exactly what he wants, the ability to play for a winning team and the opportunity to step in and be a main contributor right away.

Friar Notes

Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts will work out for the Boston Celtics today per Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.

In my mind, this is a favorable list for Cotton, who averaged 21.8 points and 5.9 assists per game during his senior year. Several of these names are “ahead” of Cotton on draft lists, but anyone who’s seen Cotton play every game knows that he’s more talented and can out-compete many, if not all ,of those players. Although the Celtics don’t currently have a second round pick, today’s workouts can sway Danny Ainge’s mind in terms of free agent signings. Gary Parrish of has Cotton going 57th overall to the Indiana Pacers in his latest mock draft.

Fortune departs

I’m not going to judge the kid because you never know what goes on behind the scenes, but it sure was shocking news to hear that Josh Fortune would be transferring from Providence.

For someone who averaged 33 minutes per game and 8.4 points as a sophomore, the move seems to be a little drastic. Maybe it was a family thing. Maybe he really felt that his minutes would be reduced with all of the reinforcements that Cooley has coming in, but nevertheless, there goes the Friars’ starting shooting guard next season.

Cooley to help coach USA Basketball’s U-18’s

Ed Cooley will be assisting former Friar and current Florida Gator head coach Billy Donovan with USA Basketball’s U-18 team. Cooley will be headed to Colorado Springs, CO later this month for tryouts in preparation for the FIBA tournament to be played in Colorado Springs. From that tournament, four teams will clinch bids to the 2015 U-19 World Championships.

Antoine Mason to visit Providence

Providence College is one of the schools on highly-coveted transfer Antoine Mason’s list. Mason has set a visit to Providence for June 8-9. Mason averaged 37.6 minutes played and 25.6 points per game during his junior season at Niagara last year.