The mock NBA drafts have former Temple guard Mardy Collins all over the first round, from the late lottery to the last picks of the round.
Judging by the feedback Collins has been getting, those mock drafts probably have it right. He figures he could go anywhere in that range.
Recent weeks have been stressful ones, Collins said, because he has been flying all over the country, working out for as many NBA teams as possible, trying to answer any questions they have about his game.
"It's real tiring," Collins said last week in a telephone interview from Indianapolis, after working out with the Indiana Pacers. "You're in a different city every day."
Sort of like the NBA itself... .
"Except those guys aren't in coach class - my knee banging up against the back of the chair in front of me," Collins said.
He wasn't complaining. He knows that one of the chief purposes of these workouts is to test players, find out how competitive they are under difficult conditions, in addition to getting to know them as people and seeing their conditioning.
Collins, who played at Simon Gratz High, averaged 16.8 points per game as a Temple senior and led the Owls with an average of 4.0 assists.
As a 6-foot-6 guard, he feels confident that he has impressed a lot of teams with his man-to-man defending, against both big and small guards. Another asset is how strong he is with the ball.
The biggest questions? His shooting and quickness.
Collins knows that. He figured that of the 10 workouts he had taken part in to that point, he had shot well in four. In others, he was so-so from the outside, Collins said, although he believes that in virtually all of them he demonstrated his ability to get to the basket and to make good decisions.
The scouting reports from his Temple games will show all that, and his Owls coaches believed that Collins had one of the highest basketball IQs they had ever seen.
How all that fits in, Collins can't know before Wednesday's draft. The teams have a battery of questions for him. When those are done, they typically ask whether Collins has any questions. He usually asks where they see him fitting in on their team. That's what he asked last week of Larry Bird, the Pacers' president of basketball operations, and Rick Carlisle, Indiana's coach.
The bottom line: Their answers tell him he will be in the NBA next year. He won't be taking commercial flights.
"They said I'm definitely on their radar for the 17th pick," Collins said.