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Will Bryce Cotton Make the Team?

By George Middleton

Bryce Cotton went undrafted after four stellar season at Providence, but he was one of the more talented guards in the country. Cotton is a 6-foot point guard with good athleticism, as shown in the NBA Draft combine where he posted a 40-inch max vertical.

As a senior last year, Cotton led the Friars, averaging 21.8 points and 5.9 assists. Cotton averaged 39.9 minutes last season and showed just how important he was as he played 1,398 of 1,400 possible minutes. In the first round of the NCAA tournament Cotton dominated and had one of the best performances in the NCAA tournament. Cotton went for 36 points and 8 assists in a tough two point loss to North Carolina.

The main reason Cotton went undrafted was because he is 22 years old and can use some improvement on defense. He is a terrific scorer and can really shoot the ball (37% three point shooter). With Patty Mills out with an injury, the only backup point guard on the roster is Cory Joseph. Mills is due to miss at least a few months and they can use a good shooter from the guard spot as Joseph struggles to shoot the ball.

I can see Cotton making the team as the third string point guard and playing a small role, mostly in blowout games. Cotton will have his shot to prove himself as the Spurs have plenty of blowout wins throughout the season.