Good impression: NBA Draft prospects played in Milwaukee during NCAA Tourney
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The prospects at the NBA Draft Lottery can walk the walk. They wouldn’t have been invited to the talent showcase if they couldn’t play basketball at the highest level. They can talk the talk too. In most cases, because their advisors have trained them to say all the right things about all the teams that could select them in the NBA Draft on June 26th.
The guys projected to go near the very top of the draft are feeling pretty comfortable with this process.
“It hasn’t been stressful for me at all, honestly. I’m more excited about what’s to come. It hasn’t really been stressful for me. I’m just taking it a day at a time and I’m just trying to get better at my craft. I honestly and truly don’t even think about the draft that much,” Kentucky forward Julius Randle said.
A handful of the prospects in this year’s draft class can think about Milwaukee, though. They were just here to play in the NCAA Tournament during March Madness.
“The fans were engaged, the refs were engaged, everybody was intense and it felt like an NBA environment, so I tried to play like an NBA player. (Badgers fans) flooded the place. That’s Badgers Nation. But hey, they supported us, and we got a little love too, so I wasn’t too mad about it,” Arizona State guard Jahii Carson said.
“My aunt and uncle live there and they told me the best restaurants to go to and my wife and mom were out there, so we got to visit with them. I loved it. It was a great experience,” Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski said.
It wasn’t really the best weather this year during the NCAA Tournament with rounds two and three in Milwaukee — but what else is new right? The players who visited say they got something out of their trip.
“It was good. I liked the facility. I felt like the practice facility was a little weird. It was like, at the back of a high school. That caught me a little off guard — but it’s a nice place. I enjoy it there,” Michigan guard Nik Stauskas said.
Stauskas’ former teammate knows plenty about that practice facility. That’s where Glenn Robinson, the “Big Dog” worked on his game during an eight-year career with the Bucks.
Glenn Robinson III had a spring in his step when the Wolverines got to work out there and then play their tournament games in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
“I felt something special in that gym because he got drafted there and he played several years for the Bucks. It was a great arena to play in — and I felt a little bit of confidence going into that game seeing him there and I played pretty well in the gym, so maybe it’s a little bit of good luck,” Glenn Robinson III said.
Whether it’s Robinson or another of the previous visitors to Milwaukee — or one of the guys who has never been here, when the Bucks call his name in late June, whoever turns out to be this year’s top pick for Milwaukee will be the talk of the town.