For Lee Cummard, it is status quo so far. Nothing's changed.
He spent Saturday working BYU basketball's father and son camp, manning the Whiffle Ball booth. The verdict is still out on whether the NBA will come calling for his skills. He has not hired an agent. He has not been invited to the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, which begins Tuesday and runs through Thursday at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.
Several NBA teams have called BYU coach Dave Rose and inquired about Cummard and the possibility of workouts, but nothing is on the calendar. The NBA prohibits private workouts until the Orlando camp concludes.
"I'm in the same position I was a few weeks ago the greatest position," said Cummard. "Whatever happens happens and whatever that is, is positive."
NBA teams invite 64 players to Orlando where they undergo drills and scrimmages and are assigned to six teams and play actual games. Cummard's teammate Trent Plaisted is expected to be one of the 64, according to DraftExpress.com, which lists members of the projected six teams.
Cummard has kept in touch with Plaisted since he left for Los Angeles to work out with former NBA center Don MacLean. J.R. Giddens, the MWC co-MPV with Cummard, is also there working out with Plaisted.
"I text Trent all the time," said Cummard. "Sounds like he's working pretty hard, five or six hours a day. He's being pretty aggressive down there, trying as hard as he can and trying to be coachable."
The workouts, Plaisted told Cummard, are not much different than what BYU conditioning coach Justin McClure puts the Cougars through, although Plaisted reported they are centered more on court explosiveness and basketball-centered skills to prepare him for the draft workouts.
Meanwhile, Cummard remains in Provo working out every day with the Cougars.
"I'm having my best offseason so far. I'm more focused than I've ever been," he said. "I'm not doing anything different other than trying to get bigger and stronger so that if something does happen in the next two weeks, I'll be ready."
Although he is a team captain and has this NBA trial balloon floating overhead, Cummard said it hasn't been distracting to keep his role as a Cougar leader and he still has his good and bad days going against his mates. "There're days I can't be stopped and other days I look like one of the worst guys on the floor."
A 6-foot-7 forward from Mesa, Ariz., Cummard ranked first or second on the team in every statistical category while helping BYU to a 27-8 record and its second straight Mountain West title. Cummard led the Cougars in scoring (15.8 ppg), field-goal percentage (.569), 3-point percentage (.472) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg) and ranked second on the team in rebounds (6.3 rpg), assists (3.5 apg), steals (0.9 spg) and free-throw percentage (.857).
The one Cummard stat that should give him the most satisfaction from this past year is his season shooting percentage. His .569 accuracy ranked No. 1 in the league ahead of two top inside players, Plaisted and Utah center Luke Nevill. Giddens, an explosive guard who could post up defenders, ranked fourth.
"I was surprised with that, as it came down," said Cummard. "I just figured if I got good looks and took good shots, it would come out OK. I had a few good stretches where I got pretty hot, and that helped."
If Cummard returns to the Cougar roster for his senior year, he'll be faced with a new challenge, a 3-point arc that the NCAA has extended.
"It will be interesting to see what effect that has," said Cummard.
Already, the Cougars have laid down tape where the new 3-point range will be for the coming season as they work out in the offseason. It is right next to the previous line painted on the floor, and Cummard says that's caused some hesitation the first few days.
"It seemed we were worried about it and shots came up short, but I think it was more of a distraction, looking where the line was instead of focusing on the shot."
Of course, Jonathan Tavernari was not one of those worried about where the new stripe was.
"He has quite the range," Cummard said.
Key dates for Cummard come this weekend when the Orlando pre-draft camp is over and teams can conduct private workouts. Will he be called?
Then comes June 16, the date he must either leave his name in the draft and become ineligible for next season or withdraw his name and stay a Cougar.
The NBA draft is June 26 in New York City."It's all positive for me," he said. "I win either way."
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