INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana Pacers didn’t have to go far to find two of the prospect’s in Wednesday’s pre-draft workouts.
University of Indianapolis’ Jordan Loyd and Butler standout Kellen Dunham looking to prove their talents extend beyond the college level.
“Coming out here competing as hard as you can, like Coach McMillan was saying you gotta have a motor, that’s what teams are looking for,” Dunham said.
“Going to UIndy right down the street, it’s kind of a blessing to be here,” Loyd said. “I just hope to learn, be a sponge, learn as much from these top coaches as I can. I just want to show people that I belong here and I belong in the NBA as well.”
Both Loyd and Dunham taking advantage of the opportunity to get in a pre-draft workout for the Pacers just miles from where they each played college basketball, and for Dunham, the opportunity of a lifetime to play for the team he idolized growing up.
“Being from here, coming into this gym, being that kid watching from the windows up there, it’s just an amazing feeling to practice here in my hometown,” Dunham said.
While Dunham has had workouts with several NBA teams, including an upcoming workout with the Bulls, Loyd’s invitation came as a welcome surprise.
“I was actually doing laundry, just a regular day, just finished working out, then I got the call from my agent,” Loyd said. “At first I was just kind of shocked, that was the first thing that went through my head, then I got excited and went straight to the gym to get some shots up.”
Both are determined to continue their basketball careers at the next level, regardless of which level that may be.
“A hundred percent basketball, I’ll play as long as I can,” Dunham said.
“I probably won’t get drafted, the way it’s looking, I think for the most part, I just want to try to make the summer league,” Loyd said. “That’s the first step, just make a team and get picked up and if not, look to go overseas.”
The Pacers will continue to evaluate players up until the draft on June 23.