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Cat Barber does not get selected during 2016 NBA Draft

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NCAA Basketball: Miami-Florida at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

While most projections had Cat Barber going in the middle-to-late second round of the NBA Draft, leaving unspoken the danger he may go undrafted, there was reason to be optimistic that a team would take a flyer on him. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. Sixty picks came and went with no sign of Cat Barber.

That’s disappointing, but it’s far from the end of the story. Barber is one of the top undrafted talents available, and he’ll certainly be playing summer ball for somebody.

Barber showed dramatic improvement in his shooting ability during his junior season, and showed NBA teams that he can score in a variety of ways. He developed into an automatic shooter at the free throw line, and of course there is the speed that will translate to any level. Those things were almost enough to get him drafted, and they’ll get him a shot this summer.

The next step won’t be an easy one, but considering how far he progressed in three college seasons, I wouldn’t bet against him.