Daily workouts have been the routine as Reece Gaines prepares to leave Louisville for the NBA. Gaines, who is projected as a possible lottery pick, talked with Inside theVille.com about the upcoming draft.
ITV: Are you spending a lot of time working out right now?
Gaines: Yeah, I'm working out everyday. They are going pretty good. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can, so I can be even more competitive.
ITV: What NBA teams are you hearing from?
Gaines: They all talk to my agent. I'm hearing that doing pretty well and I'll just keep working at it. I have worked out for Golden State, Chicago and Memphis and they all went pretty good.
ITV: Any place in particular that you'd like to play?
Gaines: I just want to play anywhere. I don't care where it is, I just want to get a shot to play.
ITV: Has it sunk it yet that you are going to be playing in the NBA?
Gaines: No not really so far. It's been so crazy that you don't really feel comfortable until you hear your name called [on draft day].
ITV: Do you have plans for draft day?
Gaines: If I'm invited I'll be at the draft. If not I'll watch it somewhere with my family.
ITV: What type of car are you going to buy?
Gaines: (laughing) Ah, my first car...I don't really know. I've been so nervous I haven't been able to think about buying anything.
ITV: Is it a strange feeling knowing that you will be saying goodbye to school and be heading to the NBA?
Gaines: No, not really, school was fun, but I'm ready to move on.
ITV: A number of former players come back and play here during the season. Should we expect to see you in Louisville during the summer?
Gaines: Oh yeah, of course. I'll spend a few weeks here every summer playing with the guys and working with the coaches and the strength coach.
ITV: How do you feel the Cardinals will be next season?
Gaines: They are looking pretty good. Hopefully they improve on last years nice season and continue to get better.
ITV Video: Reece Gaines
Multiple clips of Reece during a recent workout (5.01 mb)