SAN ANTONIO – For Providence undrafted guard Bryce Cotton, not hearing his name called in both the first and second rounds of the 2014 NBA Draft was what he described as a “hurtful” experience. However, he never lost faith that he would find an opportunity to play in the NBA.
“I believed something would pan through, because I prayed so much and worked so much,” said Cotton of being signed by the San Antonio Spurs. “My agent had told me a little bit after the draft that they still had some interest, and I’ve always been a fan of this organization, so that was definitely a thrill to hear that, so we definitely pursued it.”
Asked what he’s looking to show in Las Vegas at the 2014 NBA Summer League, Cotton said he just wanted to play whatever role the Spurs will need him to play.
“I just want to show them that I’m a quick learner, and I can adapt to any environment,” said Cotton. “Whatever role they give me and expect me to do, that’s what I intend to carry out.”
“I think I can use my speed and quickness to get into the paint and create for others,” said Cotton of one of his strengths he’ll try to use in the NBA.
For Spurs Summer League head coach Ime Udoka, he can see some of the qualities Cotton described as well.
“Ultra-quick point guard who can score the basketball,” said Udoka of Cotton. “He averaged a ton of points in college. He gets after it, and he shoots the ball well. He’s someone we really like.”
When asked if Cotton has a resemblance to Spurs point guard Patty Mills, Udoka agreed in some ways. “Patty’s more of a natural scorer, Bryce distributes it well in the cracks and finds guys. We’re happy with him, he’s quick and he can pick up full court like Patty.”
With Mills expected to miss six to seven months after having surgery on his right shoulder, Cotton isn’t focused on trying to earn the Spurs’ backup point guard spot, instead he’s hoping Mills recovers as quickly as possible.
“I’m just trying to stay in the moment right now,” said Cotton. “He’s a tough player, and he’s somebody that I admire, and so I wish him a speedy recovery.”
Cotton’s familiarity with the Spurs is something that’s been around in his family, as he said his uncles and cousins have always been Spurs fans. When asked who one of his favorite Spurs players is, Cotton said former Spur Sean Elliot.
As Cotton prepares to play in Las Vegas and then tries to earn a roster spot in training camp in October, he’s thankful for the opportunity he’s been given in San Antonio.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been blessed to have,” finished Cotton. “This is definitely a blessing and I’m happy to be here.”