By Noah Vonleh, for NBA.com
A week from today, I will actually be an NBA player. Wow. This is a lifelong dream of mine and it’s almost impossible to describe what it feels like now that it is about to come true.
The draft preparation process has been exciting, exhausting, interesting, challenging and inspiring. My favorite part has been the different team workouts and having a chance to compete against some of the guys I played against in college. Luckily, there have not been any surprises along the way. I have been watching the NBA Draft Combine for years and I talked to some guys that have gone through this before, so I have pretty much known what to expect.
Now, I just have to finish up a few more workouts and head back to Boston for a few days where I hit another major milestone – getting my license! Then I’ll be back in New York, getting ready for NBA Draft week. I have a lot of family coming in, I think there will be over 30 people! I have been talking to my family members almost every single day through the process, and I am really excited for them to be here to see my dream come true. My cousin Jeremy was the one who got me started playing basketball, so it will be really special to have him there too.
At the top of my to-do list for the next week is perfecting my draft suit. I do not want to be the guy everyone is talking about for the next few years because my style was off when I shook the commissioner’s hand. There is a lot of pressure here, but I have a great stylist and few ideas so I’m confident I won’t end up on the worst dressed list.
It’s hard to think about life after I get off that stage at Barclay’s Center, when I officially belong to an NBA team and can start working towards earning my spot on a roster. I’ll probably take a quick trip home to see my friends for a little bit, but I am really looking forward to meeting with my new team and getting ready for Summer League.
I am excited, a little nervous, and don’t know what to expect, but for now I am just trying to soak everything in and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Noah Vonleh is a 6-foot-10 forward from Indiana. Follow him and other rookies all season long on NBA Rooks: Diaries …