Chris Kramer doesn't expect to see his name flash as one of the picks in the NBA draft tonight, but he doesn't need that to make his experience of the past three weeks rewarding.
Kramer got to travel across the country to work out for six NBA teams -- and "I haven't paid a cent yet," he said.
"(Teams) put me up in a hotel, gave me per diem or meals," he said. "It's been a great experience, to say the lease. No matter what happens in the next couple weeks, just going through it has been unbelievable."
Kramer said his favorite stops, not including the basketball, were in Atlanta and Chicago.
While in Atlanta, he was able to go to dinner with some of the other prospects he worked out with, the team's GM and some members of the coaching staff, he said. In Chicago, Kramer found time to connect and catch up with a friend, so that also was included among his favs.
The travel was hectic because he never really knew where he was going -- or even when. After he was done with his workout in Portland on Monday, which Kramer thought was his final one, he called agent Buddy Baker to tell him how it went. Baker's response, "We've got you one more. You're headed to Milwaukee tomorrow. I don't know any details yet, but you're going."
So Kramer did, taking the same attitude into each experience.
"You just have to look at it as another opportunity to impress a coach or personnel," he said. "It's definitely been a lot of fun and definitely enjoyed it, especially getting to meet some players that I definitely never would have got to communicate with if I didn't go through this process."
Kramer said he worked out with Maryland's Greivis Vazquez, Kansas' Sherron Collins and Louisville's Edgar Sosa, among others.
And despite competing against that kind of highly touted talent, Kramer thought he held up just fine. He knows why, too.
"Honestly, I learned ... you can play with anybody. Playing in the Big Ten really got me ready and really set a standard for the type of players you're going to play against," he said. "Guarding Evan Turner definitely prepares you to play against some of the top guards in the country. Going against those guys I definitely felt like I had a step above from some other guys from guarding such great players in our league. You hear all the talk about the Big East, the ACC, how their leagues are so good, and the Big Ten really doesn't get that much credit. When you're going up against them, you really see there's not much difference between them and you."
Though Kramer likely won't get drafted tonight, that won't shift his focus from the NBA. The next step is trying to get on a Summer League team -- not worrying about which overseas program he can land on.
"You've got to shoot for the stars and go from there," he said. "If the NBA doesn't happen, then I'll go from there and looking for overseas and seeing what other options I have available. But, as of right now, what I'm looking for is trying to make my dream come true and play in the NBA."