Since finishing his Virginia basketball career and earning his UVa degree, Akil Mitchell has been living out of a suitcase.
"Everybody warns you you'll be traveling a lot," Mitchell said. "Especially when the phone calls start picking up, you expect obviously a lot of travel."
The former Cavalier has been traveling to different NBA cities working out for teams ahead of the 2014 NBA Draft, which takes place Thursday June 26 in at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"It's everything I expected and more," Mitchell said of the time leading up to the draft. "I think I took care of my job and I played the best I could and got a lot of good feedback. I've been working hard and playing even harder. I feel good, I feel satisfied with what I did, and I'm just excited to get the feedback now."
Now that the hectic part of his schedule is over, Mitchell says he feels calm in the days leading up to the draft. Many draft experts have the 6'8" forward ranked in the second-round to undrafted category in their draft projections, but Mitchell he's confident in his performance during the pre-draft workouts.
"I think a lot of teams are pretty impressed with me defensively, obviously I've picked up so much here, learning from Coach Bennett and under his system. I think it's something that will definitely translate to the next level, and it's something a lot of teams are looking forward to me bringing."