Atlanta Hawks 88, Washington Wizards 80
Bryce Cotton didn't start for the Hawks last night; in fact, he only played 16 or so minutes. However, the Providence alum made sure that he made the most of his time on the court, shooting 7 of 11 from the field en route to a game-high 21 points, an honor he shared with Washington's Kelly Oubre Jr. Cotton also grabbed 3 rebounds and had 1 assist to complement his strong scoring performance.
Cotton's strong summer league showing has turned heads thus far; if he can continue to have a hot hand from the field, he could, and should, find himself in training camp with Atlanta come the fall.
Meanwhile, Villanova's Daniel Ochefu and former Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs did not appear in the game for the Wizards.
D-League Select 91, Milwaukee Bucks 86
Like Cotton, Georgetown alum Jabril Trawick came off the bench and made a strong impression. Trawick scored 15 points, including eight from the free throw line, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists in the D-League Select victory.
After impressing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce last season, Trawick hopes to parlay a strong summer league showing into a call or two from an interested NBA GM.
Toronto Raptors 82, Minnesota Timberwolves 80
What else needs to be said about Kris Dunn? The former Providence Friar stole the show once again, albeit in a second straight loss for his team. Dunn dropped 21 points on 9 for 17 shooting, pulled in 9 rebounds, and added 4 assists in another complete performance. While none of his plays will turn heads quite like his ankle-breaking crossover on Denver's Jakarr Sampson, Dunn once again showed his worth.
Houston Rockets 85, Sacramento Kings 73
Not much action here: former Providence guard Ricky Ledo registered a DNP in the Kings' second straight loss.
San Antonio Spurs 85, Portland Trail Blazers 69
Quiet night for 'Nova's Ryan Arcidiacono. Despite playing 19 minutes, he went 0 for 5 from the field, registering no points and just 1 rebound to show for it. He did finish with a plus 8 point differential, a bright spot in an otherwise sluggish game for the Spurs young floor general.
Phoenix Suns 87, Boston Celtics 74
Three former Big East players appeared in last night's loss for the Celtics, but none turned in a spectacular performance. Providence's Ben Bentil scored just 2 points on 1 for 4 shooting, another disappointing performance on the heels of one against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. He did grab 2 rebounds in just around 6 minutes of playing time, which is promising for someone whose rebounding was strongly in question headed into the Draft process.
Villanova alumni JayVaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou both played sparingly as well, both failing to crack the stat sheet at all.
All in all, an up and down day for former Big East-ers, but there were a few signs of promise that the league's alumni will continue to make noise in the NBA.