Cartwright Coming in to Win Starting Spot

Junior College Point Guard Bryce Cartwright committed to Iowa on Monday. A day later, he said he's not coming to Iowa City to be a backup. Find out what he had to say in this Hawkeye Insider article.

When Bryce Cartwright visited Iowa City last week, he and Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery didn't talk about playing time. Cartwright looked at the roster and saw an opportunity.

"He just told me I'd have a chance to play," the Compton, Calif. \product said. "To me that means we'll settle it in practice."

Cartwright verbally committed to McCaffery on Monday and sent all of his paperwork to Iowa on Tuesday afternoon. He did so with the thought that he could be a starter despite Cully Payne playing more than 35 minutes a game as a Hawkeye freshman point guard last season.

"I'm not coming out to be a back-up," Cartwright said. "I'm going to be a junior and I want to play as much as I can."

After leading Dominguez High to a California title, Cartwright took his game to Fresno State. He started at point guard as a freshman, leading the team in assists, including dishing out 20 in one game.

Cartwright left Fresno following that first season. He played last winter at Paris junior college in the Dallas area.

"I got along with the (Fresno State) coaches and left on good terms," Cartwright said. "I just didn't feel like it was a good fit for my future endeavors."

Cartwright took official visits to Lamar, Portland State, Miami of Ohio and Iowa this spring. Toledo offered him a scholarship but he didn't get out to visit the Ohio school before committing to the Hawkeyes.

"I got there and just like the surroundings," Cartwright said of Iowa City. "I enjoyed the city and all the people I was introduced to on the trip. It's something I definitely wanted to be a part of."

Cartwright said his style is based on doing whatever it takes to win.

"If I'm needed to make the pass, the shot, a steal, I'll do it," he said. "They told me they like my style of play and they needed a guard. They told me they see me in the up-tempo style and that appealed to me."

Cartwright must complete two on-line courses this summer to be eligible at Iowa. He will not compete in the Prime Time League and expects to be in Iowa City in August.

"I don't see the classes being a problem," he said.

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