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Cotton ready to confront star 36er Randle

AAP logoAAP 5 days ago Justin Chadwick

New Perth Wildcats import Bryce Cotton heard about Jerome Randle's star feats years ago, and he'll finally get the chance to front up against the Adelaide 36ers scoring machine in Saturday night's NBL clash at Perth Arena.

Cotton has been hailed by many as the Wildcats' saviour, with the 24-year-old featuring in two successive wins since being signed as Jaron Johnson's replacement.

Perth have shot up to second spot on the table following their three-match winning streak on the road.

But their impressive form will be put to the test against the white-hot 36ers, who sit on top of the table with a 13-7 win-loss record.

Randle has played a key role in Adelaide's success, averaging 22.6 points per game.

And it's not the first time Cotton has heard about Randle's prolific feats.

"I know of him from college. He went to school in California, and I didn't live too far from the state of California," Cotton said of the 29-year-old.

"I know he's a great player. He's a little bit older than I am. It'll be a fun battle."

There's another blast from the past that Cotton has come across since joining the NBL - his new teammate Casey Prather.

The pair crossed paths at various points during their college days in America and their bond has strengthened since joining forces at the Wildcats.

"It always helps when you know someone. It's made it a bit easier," Cotton said.

Cotton scored a game-high 26 points in the Wildcats' upset victory over the Kings in Sydney last week.

But he had an off night in Monday's win over Brisbane, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

Cotton, who spent stints with NBA clubs Utah, Phoenix and Memphis, said he wouldn't let the off-night get to him.

"Sometimes you're going to be on, sometimes you're going to be off," Cotton said.

"Even if you're missing shots, you want to continue to stay aggressive if they're open shots and good shots.

"Eventually, you just keep the mentality that they're going to fall."

The signing of Cotton and the return from injury of skipper Damian Martin has sparked fresh life into Perth's title defence.

The club were in last spot on the ladder a few weeks ago, but they're now back on track to qualify for a 31st straight play-off appearance.

Cotton doesn't view himself as the saviour. But he is well aware the Wildcats are accustomed to success, and he's vowed to do everything within his powers to help the team achieve glory.

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