Until the last few days, College of Charleston basketball star Andrew Goudelock has had little time to be nervous.
Since the Cougars' basketball season ended in March, the 6-2 shooting guard has been on a globetrotting tour of the United States. Goudelock has taken part in individual workouts for 16 of the 30 NBA teams and participated in NBA combine workouts. In the process, he has dropped eight pounds.
Different cities, different gyms almost every day, a microcosm of what life will be like when his lifelong dream of being selected in the NBA draft (7:30 p.m., ESPN) is fulfilled tonight.
"I'm nervous, but I'm trying to stay calm, be positive about everything,"Goudelock said Wednesday as he passed through Charleston, picking up some clothes before driving to his family home in Stone Mountain, Ga., where he will watch the draft with his parents and two younger brothers.
"You never know what's going to happen. I'm happy to be in this position. I think I've come a long way."
Cougars coach Bobby Cremins said, "I think something good is going to happen for him. He has not backed down from anything."
Cremins praised Goudelock, the school's career-scoring leader and last year's No. 4 scorer in NCAA Division I, for finishing meeting his academic responsibilities the final semester. He needs four or five courses to graduate. Cremins said he has fielded questions about Goudelock from numerous NBA teams doing their homework.
Goudelock said he's received a lot of positive feedback from his workouts, and from the response he thinks he could be drafted anywhere from No. 27 (first round, New Jersey Nets) to No. 45 (second round, Charlotte Bobcats). The draft consists of two rounds, with 30 picks in each round.
"You really have no clue. Different teams had different picks. Somebody might pick me that I didn't work out for," Goudelock said. "You might get a good feel from a team but that doesn't mean you're going to be there at the time they pick. It's a weird process."
One of the highlights of the process, he said, has been meeting some of his childhood heroes -- Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Danny Ainge and Pat Riley -- who have evaluated him for their teams.
"They want me to play my game, but they also want to see me do other things," Goudelock said. "They've heard I can shoot, but they want to see if I can be a point guard, if I can run the team and keep people involved."
A big question mark has been his defensive skills, but Goudelock said he has improved in that aspect of the game by trying to guard other potential NBA draft picks during the workouts.
"I haven't heard any concerns about it," he said of his defense.
He has become fast friends with Marshon Brooks, a shooting guard from Providence who is also expected to be drafted. They talk and encourage each other every day. He's also been surprised by the number of former Southern Conference players he competed against, especially guys from The Citadel, who have reached out and offered their support.
Cremins said he's proud of the effort Goudelock has made and deserves the opportunity.
"He can do a lot of things besides shoot," Cremins said. "He's very athletic. He can pass. He's coachable. He's matured a lot.
"He has what I call some junk in his game, which is good. He's a very unique player. And if he gets the opportunity, gets the right place at the right time and takes advantage, he could do very well."
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