They have traveled all over the country to work out for different NBA teams, all of them hoping their bodies hold up under these tense moments and that their skills remain sharp throughout the process.
Six more players labored through a pre-draft workout with the Clippers on Thursday, all of them knowing these sessions are coming to an end because June 23 is the day of the NBA draft.
Wayne Selden Jr., a 6-5 shooting guard out of Kansas, will have 14 total workouts.
“Sometimes you wake up and don’t really know what city you’re in,” said Selden, who averaged 11.0 points and 3.0 rebounds over his three years playing for the Jayhawks. “But you just know what time you have to be at the gym. So it’s just getting it done day by day. You’ve got to take care of your body.”
Selden’s teammate from Kansas, forward Perry Ellis, has just one workout left.
By the time it’s all done, the 6-8 Ellis will have had 11 workouts.
“It’s exhausting, but it’s fun,” said Ellis, who averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds over his four years at Kansas. “It’s a fun process because not many people get to go through it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I’m just enjoying it and just working hard.”
The Clippers have the 25th pick in the first round and the 33rd pick in the second round.
Most of the draft boards had some players in the group that worked out for the Clippers going in the second round.
Isaiah Whitehead, a 6-4 point guard from Seton Hall who will have just seven total workouts, said he doesn’t pay attention to the draft chatter.
“I hear it, but it really doesn’t make a difference to me,” said Whitehead, who averaged 15.8 points and 4.5 assists during his two seasons at Seton Hall. “Those guys aren’t picking the players. You really just got to keep working, go to these workouts and go all in and hopefully you get picked at a high spot.”