DAYTON — Brian Roberts has been going through an intense regimen for the past month at the IMG Academy, hoping to bolster his chances of playing for pay by working with personal trainers on all facets of his game. And he won't have to wait long for a chance to display the fruits of his labor.
The University of Dayton star has landed a coveted spot in the NBA's pre-draft camp, which begins today, May 27, and lasts through Sunday in Orlando. The NBA compiles a list of roughly the 70 best pro prospects after getting feedback from teams and invites all but the top 12 to the event.
"With the invite to Orlando, that's always promising," Roberts said. "That's the main camp you want to go to. All the GMs and head coaches are looking for guys to draft out of there. Right now, I'm not on any draft boards or any of that mock stuff, but a lot of that can change after the Orlando camp. That's where I'm looking to make my impression and try to get drafted."
The 6-foot-2 guard has made basketball his full-time job since late April, joining seven other prospects at the IMG campus in Bradenton, Fla., one of the top training facilities in the world.
"We've worked on everything from conditioning to shooting to technique stuff," he said. "I feel like I'm very prepared. I'm ready to get out there and give it my all."
Roberts is trying to become the first UD player to be drafted since Negele Knight in 1990.
"I would say he won't go in the first round, but I think he'll be a second-round pick," said one NBA scout. "I really like him. I think he can be a true point guard, even though they played him a lot at the 2 guard. He can penetrate and hit the outside shot. He can hurt you inside and outside. I think he's got a chance."
UD coach Brian Gregory is elated Roberts is getting some much-needed exposure.
"I can't tell you how happy I am for him. He's put in a lot of hard work for four years," Gregory said. "What you look for is an opportunity, and this is an opportunity to go out and prove yourself.