Fred VanVleet was back in Rockford for Mother's Day Weekend following a West Coast trip with a month to go before the 2016 NBA Draft in Brooklyn.
The Los Angeles Lakers hosted the former Auburn Knight and Wichita State Shocker for a workout, the start of a busy travel schedule for VanVleet. He will work out for the Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons over the next two weeks, and per VanVleet, he has more teams ready to watch him before draft night.
VanVleet spoke to 13 Sports at Auburn's field house during a youth basketball camp hosted by his stepfather, Joe Danforth.
"I was pretty nervous because of the uncertainty of it and not knowing what to expect," VanVleet said, recalling his experience with the Lakers. "They try to explain it to you but you have to go through it to know what it's like. Once I got started, it was pretty easy. It's all basketball at the end of the day. I haven't worked this hard in my life, it's been different. It's been fun to just focus on me, be able to put everything that I have into myself and my craft. It's been fun, it's all a part of the journey and I'm just embracing it."
VanVleet believes he belongs with the best, having never missed the NCAA Tournament while with Wichita State, and leaving the Shockers as the program's all-time leader in assists and steals.
"I'm not expecting to be a Top 15 pick. I feel like I am, we'll just wait and see what happens. Whether I get picked high, late or not at all, I'm an NBA player, and I feel strongly in that regard."