Reality has set in for former Virginia forward Mike Scott.
The Atlanta Hawks took Scott with the 43rd overall pick in the second round of last month's NBA Draft. Earlier this month, Scott spent a week in Las Vegas, playing for the Hawks' summer league team.
Now back in Charlottesville, Scott says he's got a better idea of what it will take to play basketball at the game's highest level.
"At first I couldn't believe it. It took me a long time to grasp it," he said Thursday. "But I think once I got to Atlanta, and started training for the summer league, that's when it really hit me. Especially when I was out there in Vegas. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can."
Scott averaged 10.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in the Hawks' five summer league games. He admitted Thursday that he was disappointed by his shooting performances, both from the floor and free throw line. But Scott also said his experience made him more prepared for the upcoming preseason.
"A little bit more confident," he said. "As the games went on, I felt more comfortable, and I gained a lot of confidence. Now I'm just trying to get to training camp, and learn from there."
Scott's currently working out in Charlottesville. Next month, he'll participate in longtime NBA assistant coach Tim Grgurich's camp in Las Vegas. In September, Scott will return to Atlanta for the Hawks' preseason camp.
Scott was an all-ACC performer as a senior last season at Virginia, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game. But he says none of that matters now.
"I don't care what level you played at. It's a different level at the NBA level," Scott said. "Everyone's taller, stronger, more explosive. Everyone came from a good college, where they were the star player. So you just have to fit in, and do what you're good at."