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Bryce Cotton led Palo Verde to a 24-7 record during his senior year while averaging almost 24 points a game. The Titans finished with a trip to the semifinal round of the 4A-DII playoffs in 2010.
Cotton’s high school head coach, Chris Klassen, has seen Cotton go from high school standout, to lack of scholarship offers, to Providence standout, to Development League All-Star to a pending knock on the NBA’s door.
With reports having Cotton about to sign with a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, Klassen gave us some of this thoughts on his star player:
“I’m so happy for him and his mom Yvonne and beyond proud of him,” said Klassen. “It’s funny because we just talked on the phone Friday and we talked about him doing so well and what else could he do since other players were getting 10-day contracts but not him.
Cotton was named an NBA D-League All-Star with the Austin Spurs and earned D-League Performer of the Week honors this week so it was just a matter of time.
“The saying that he & I always use is “In his time” and believing that God has a plan for Bryce, and that’s something we go back to with all the stuff he went through trying to get to college and then the draft and then the Spurs,” Klassen added.
“Now it really is his time! I’m smiling ear to ear!”
Cotton played on the Spurs summer league team and in five preseason games where he averaged 4.8 points in 11.3 minutes of play.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AIA365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com