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Featured News / July 14th, 2017

Bryce Cotton returns to Perth Wildcats

Perth Wildcats have announced that 2017 Grand Final MVP Bryce Cotton is heading back to Western Australia to once again join the Perth Wildcats.

Cotton set the NBL alight after joining Perth for the back half of the 2016/17 season playing 11 regular season games, taking out the NBL’s individual scoring title with an average of 22.1 points per game.

It was in the NBL Finals where Cotton really left his mark, as the Wildcats swept the Cairns Taipans and Illawarra Hawks to win their eighth championship.

In five post-season games, Cotton averaged over 25 points, including a 34-point semi-final demolition of Cairns and a record-breaking 45 point haul in the championship-decider at Perth Arena.

The guard is thrilled to be returning to the city where he won his first professional ring.

“I’m very excited to be heading back to Perth – and from the start of the season this time!” he said.

“The Wildcats are a great club, I know all of the players and coaches well, and the fans are phenomenal. I couldn’t ask for anything else and I can’t wait to head back to Australia.”

Bryce Cotton is from Tucson in Arizona and attended Providence College. The 24-year-old has played NBA basketball for the Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz.

He’s also represented teams in the NBA D-League, as well as playing professionally abroad in China and Turkey.

Most recently, Cotton played for the Atlanta Hawks at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

“We are very excited about Bryce’s return; he has a special skill set and he has the unique ability to makes his teammates better” said head coach Trevor Gleeson.

“He’s an incredible scorer, has a team first mentality, is unselfish, but most of all he’s a great person and a great fit for our team.”

Overall, Cotton averaged 23.1 points per game while shooting at 47.4 per cent while also contributing 3.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per outing.

With Bryce Cotton in the team, the Perth Wildcats had a win-loss record of 12-4, including a seven-game streak to close out the year.

The Wildcats now have two roster positions remaining for the 2017/18 NBL season after agreeing to release guard Corey Webster.