Ranking 7 first-round prospects Spurs are rumored to be coveting

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1. Kobe Bufkin

Last, but far from least, comes the player who I predict the Spurs will covet the most out of every player featured on this list: Michigan sophomore Kobe Bufkin. Having averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in his sophomore campaign, Bufkin is the most well-rounded and versatile guard prospect on this list. Like with Coulibaly, I've already put together an in-depth scouting report on Bufkin, but the following can be thought of as a TL;DR.

Bufkin brings some of the positional size (standing at 6-foot-4 without shoes) and defensive aptitude that Anthony Black brings to the table, but with a jump shot much more comparable to that of Cason Wallace, as Bufkin ended his season with 48/36/85 shooting splits. He's a good ball-handler that thrives as a scorer and playmaker in the pick-and-roll and off of DHOs, finished an incredible 67% of his shots at the rim in the half-court, and can drive and finish with both hands.

On defense, despite only weighing about 185 pounds, Bufkin has shown that he has underrated functional strength, good lateral quickness, and impressive awareness and fundamentals that help him create havoc at the point of attack and hold his own against what other teams believe are mismatches. He blocks shots at a decently high rate for a guard, is a fundamentally sound off-ball defender, and could become even better as an all-around defender as he fills out his frame.

In short, Bufkin can do just about everything on the basketball court. He can run the offense, score on his own, make plays for others, and is a smart defender. If Bufkin continues to improve his ball-handling skills, fills out his frame, and finds ways to create space more consistently against defenders, his upside will be sky-high. And because he finds ways to impact the game with or without the ball in his hands, playing off of a star-caliber player like Victor Wembanyama could be a best-case scenario for him.