Bryce Cotton has been working out constantly in Alumni Hall both with God Shammgod and against chairs.
He will begin working out for NBA teams over the next 6 weeks leading up to the NBA Draft in the hopes of hearing his name called. The Providence Journal‘s Kevin McNamara is reporting that Cotton will have his first 2 workouts this week when he will travel to Utah on Wednesday and Sacramento on Friday.
Utah has a bunch of young guards including Trey Burke and no coach at the moment but of their bevy of young guards only Burke, Diante Garrett and John Lucas III are point guards. Garrett is Burke’s backup but has a non-guaranteed salary heading into this upcoming season and Cotton could come in and compete for the backup job in Utah because Lucas III didn’t get off the bench in April for the Jazz and is on the wrong side of 30 for a rebuilding team. To top that all off, he has a non-guaranteed contract for next season so it wouldn’t be surprising if Cotton was brought in to try to win the backup role behind Burke if the Jazz don’t take a point guard in the 1st round. ESPN’s Chad Ford has the Jazz taking Kansas C Joel Embiid with the 4th overall pick and Louisiana-Lafayette PG Elfrid Payton with the 23rd overall pick. In addition to Cotton, the Jazz will host Taylor Braun, Stephen Holt, Akil Mitchell, Mike Moser, and Ronald Roberts Jr.
Sacramento has 5’9 Isaiah Thomas as their starting point guard so I guess they aren’t afraid to give a smaller guard a chance but I’m also unsure how Cotton fits here unless Thomas leaves as a restricted free agent this summer in which case Cotton could come in to backup 2nd year player Ray McCallum. Chad Ford’s latest mock draft has the Kings taking Oklahoma State PG Marcus Smart with the 7th overall pick so this may just be a way of posturing to lower Thomas’ asking price as a restricted free agent.
The NBA Draft lottery is May 20th and the NBA Draft is June 26th.