Mike Scott says getting drafted by an NBA team has always been his dream. And now he may be just days away from that dream coming true.
"I'm not going to be able to sleep Wednesday night," Scott said Monday at John Paul Jones Arena. "I know I'm not going to be able to sleep. It's going to be nerve-wracking. But hopefully they'll call my name."
Scott arrived back in Charlottesville this weekend after spending the past few weeks flying across the country to audition for NBA teams. Scott says he visited 17 cities during his whirlwind tour -- including four cities in a five-day span at one point -- working out against some of the other prospects in this year's draft class.
Scott says the experience was educational -- both as a lesson in what he still needs to work on, and as a confidence boost.
The 2012 NBA Draft is Thursday night, with Virginia forward Mike Scott hoping to become the first Cavalier drafted since Sean Singletary in 2008. Here is a list of where draft analysts project Scott will be selected:
ESPN.com - No. 38, Denver Nuggets
NBADraft.net - No. 40, Portland Trailblazers
DraftExpress.com - No. 46, New Orleans Hornets
TheHoopsReport.com - No. 57, Brooklyn Nets
HoopsWorld.com - No. 58, Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA.com - No. 60, Los Angeles Lakers
"I have a lot more to grow," Scott admitted. "Defensively, guarding a smaller player. Working on my handle; shooting. But a lot of guys are overrated that are big names. I did pretty well against them."
According to ESPN.com draft analyst Chad Ford, NBA teams agree that Scott performed well against more highly touted players. On Monday, Ford upgraded Scott from No. 47 to No. 33 on his list of draft prospects.
"Scott is another player that has been moving up draft boards with excellent workouts," Ford wrote. "Several teams said that he's outplayed several higher ranked prospects in their workouts and it's clear Scott is getting some looks late in the first (round). "
Ford also released his latest mock draft on Monday, projecting the Denver Nuggets would select Scott with the 38th overall pick in Thursday's second round. That was the highest prediction for Scott according to the six mock drafts surveyed on Monday.
Scott says whoever picks him will be getting a strong team basketball player.
"As a person, I think my maturity level (is a strength)," he said. "Being a mature basketball player, you're going to get a hard worker, a guy with a high motor. Rebound, being able to hit open shots."
Scott also says he's trying not to pay attention to the mock drafts cluttering the Internet. He plans to head home to Chesapeake later this week to watch Thursday's draft with his family.
"Of course you want to get first round, get that guaranteed contract and go to a good team," Scott said. "But at the end of the day, I'll just be happy if they call my name."
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