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Travers Outperforming Fellow Draft Hopefuls
Perth Wildcats star Luke Travers is entering tomorrow’s NBA Draft full of confidence after a strong showing at team workouts.
After competing at the G-League Elite Camp, Travers worked out with eight NBA teams including Minnesota, Cleveland, Sacramento, Dallas, Indiana, Phoenix, Golden State and the LA Clippers.
The 20-year-old has told The West Australian he outplayed numerous other highly rated draft prospects, pointing to the experience he gained by playing in the NBL as a major advantage.
“I’ve worked out with pretty much every player rated between 20-40 and I think I’ve not only held my own but somewhat outperformed them at the same time,” Travers said.
“Being around professional basketball for three years is an advantage I have, and I think my IQ is one of my strengths that really showed out.
“There’s only six of us in each workout and you don’t really have too much structure, so you’ve got to go on the fly. My IQ stood out in that aspect and my versatility as well.”
Travers is ranked as the 55th best prospect in the draft by former Memphis Grizzlies basketball operations vice president, and The Athletic analyst, John Hollinger.
As NBA teams keep their cards close to their chest, Travers admits he has no insight on if he will be a late draft selection.
“I just have to go in hoping. I’m not expecting too much at this point. I know it’s still a bit of a long shot. But I’d love to hear my name called. We will just have to wait and see what happens,” Travers said.
The NBA Draft is on tomorrow at 9:30am AEST live on ESPN.