Bryce Cotton is back in Perth, after an offseason which involved yoga, the signing of an old teammate and the intoxicating potential of him potentially becoming an Australian Boomer down the track.
Cotton’s Australian citizenship application has been lodged, and while the 27-year-old stayed mostly non-committal about potentially becoming naturalised, he did admit he wouldn’t reject a chance to play for the Boomers.
“I would never be opposed to that if the cards ever aligned down the future,” Cotton said about representing Australia.
“I haven’t heard from anybody (within Basketball Australia) at all. It’s a nice thought to have but I don’t think about it too much. If it comes up it’ll be a blessing.
“I haven’t thought about it too much, it’s an amazing opportunity but whatever happens, happens. I’m very hopeful but I’ll cross the bridge when I get there.
“I’m very thankful that this is even an opportunity. I love this place, not only the country, Perth in particular. To get an opportunity like this is a big blessing for me.
“For me to get something in a country where I think the world of it is very nice.
“I don’t think too far down the road, I take it one bridge at a time. I’ll take it one day at a time and not get too far ahead of myself.”
If Cotton ever links up with fellow Wildcats Nick Kay and Mitch Norton in a Boomers uniform remains to be seen, but one familiar face the 2018 NBL MVP will reconnect with this season is Dario Hunt.
Hunt, who signed with Perth earlier this offseason, shared the court with Cotton for seven games in the Italian league in 2018.
Cotton is looking forward to reuniting with Hunt, explaining what attributes he can bring to the defending champions.
“I would say definitely he is going to be a big influence for us,” Cotton said.
“He is a great defensive player, extremely athletic and he has a really great IQ for the game. I’m looking forward to seeing how we can mesh all these great qualities he has and turn it to our advantage.
“I know he is excited, I talked to him briefly right before he signed. I’m looking forward to his arrival and you guys should be to.
“Everyone is getting better with their pieces and Dario is going to add to our collection.”
Cotton had a somewhat quiet offseason, spending most of his time rehabbing a nagging thumb injury that he withstood throughout NBL 19.
Part of that rehabilitation process included taking up yoga, with Cotton confident his thumb is in good shape leading into the new NBL campaign.
“A lot of working out, I took up some yoga this offseason which is new to me, and I had a chance to rehab my thumb a lot, so it is feeling really really good now,” he said.
“I needed the whole offseason to get it right. It’s something I’m always going to stay on top off. I was able to work around it and adjust, the same way I did during the season.
“Find out what you can do that doesn’t bother it and things of that sort. Since I wasn’t irritating it like I was during the season, it had a chance to get better quicker.”
Perth opens their championship defence on Saturday October 5 against Melbourne United in a Grand Final rematch.