NBA Draft prospects looking forward to upcoming Draft
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Many of the best players in college basketball are about to move on to the NBA. The NBA Draft sets the future for those players, while altering the fortunes of the teams doing the selecting.
While NBA teams eagerly await the new talent they will acquire in the Draft at the end of June, much of that talent anxiously awaits the process.
“It’s very anxious. A lot of emotions, but definitely a lot more excitement — especially being here now. Growing up, it’s a dream come true to be here. I’m definitely fortunate and blessed and I’m definitely looking forward to what the future holds for me,” Kentucky center Nerlens Noel said.
Noel knows that despite a knee injury and less than one season played at the University of Kentucky, he is going to hear his name called early on Draft Night. His former Wildcat teammate Archie Goodwin doesn’t have that luxury. He could go in the first round, or not.
“In a sense, you can control what you do and how you produce. That’s the way I look at it. I feel as though I control it by the way I perform. If I perform well, then I’ll get good results, and if I don’t, I’ll have to deal with the consequences,” Goodwin said.
Of course, there is the possibility that a kid could be drafted by a cold-weather city: Milwaukee, Minneapolis. That’s a big deal for some guys, but not a big deal for others.
“Weather is not a problem to me. I live not far from South Bend, so we’ve got the lake effect a little bit. It’s cold up here in Indiana. I don’t mind weather at all. I do have family in Milwaukee, so that would be a plus. My aunt and uncle and cousins live up there. I could find a positive about any city, so I would just be happy to be in the NBA in a situation where I could play,” Duke forward Mason Plumlee said.
“There was a snow blizzard in Minnesota a couple weeks ago in May, so I’m used to it. You never get used to the cold weather that much, but it wouldn’t affect me that much. I’ll play in Alaska if I had to,” Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe said.
“I live in the gym, so every gym is always 74 and sunny — so it’s not a problem to me. I spend half my time in the gym. Sometimes I can go out a little bit and walk around, but every gym is going to be 74 and sunny, so I don’t have to worry about that,” Louisville center Gorgi Dieng said.
The NBA Draft takes place on June 27th. The Bucks own the fifth pick in the first round.