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STORY BY EMILY BARKER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers held another pre-draft workout on Tuesday and among the four prospects was former IU star Christian Watford.
“I definitely feel like I am an NBA caliber player and I definitely feel like I can play in this league,” Watford said.
After his junior year he played with the idea to come out before his least season with the Hoosiers but decided to use his last year of college basketball to improve his game before entering the NBA draft.
“It made me a lot tougher, you know, I enjoyed the year we had,” Watford said. “I don’t regret coming back at all…you learn some things along the way, you get way more mature, you learn how to deal with things, you just constantly get better at shooting the ball, stretching the floor, and you constantly work on your skill set so I think it helped me.”
Through this process Watford has not been alone with 3 other IU teammates, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, and Jordan Hulls, going through the same process.
“I am in Maryland with Victor, he is still a couple miles down the street from me so I have been working out with him this whole draft process and I talked to Cody not too long ago and I know he is doing well,” Watford said. “I keep in contact with Jordy, he has had a couple work outs. I have been in contact with those guys a lot.
For Watford, Indianapolis is just one of the many stops on his journey to the NBA, he has worked out with 8 other teams during the pre-draft work outs and has four more before June 27.
On draft day Watford will not be at the Barclay’s Center in New York.
“I am going to go back home, my little brother has a AAU tournament in Memphis, nationals, so I am not going to New York, I am not going anywhere, we are just going to drive back and watch it as a family,” Watford said.