For a little more than two weeks, Erick Green has been on a whirlwind, red-eye tour of NBA cities, where he's had to deal with pressure and challenges unlike any others he's faced.
He's done everything he can in workouts in front of draft decision makers for NBA teams to show he's got more to his game than just a sweet jump shot. He's walked the line that separates becoming friends with some of the other coveted point guards and trying to one up each of them.
It's enough to test Green's resolve as he continues his 14-city journey, but he was faced with a logistical nightmare he had to confront this past weekend. He couldn't avoid it anymore.
"I finally had to wash my clothes," said Green, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound native of Winchester who led the nation in scoring (25 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting from the floor and 81.6 percent shooting from the free-throw line) in his senior season at Virginia Tech.
"It cost me a couple bucks to wash everything I have, but who cares. I was just tired of having all these bags of dirty clothes falling out of my suitcase."
If Green has the kind of evening he's expected to have by many pundits June 27 when the draft takes place in Brooklyn, N.Y., all of the living out of a suitcase he's done this month will be good practice for his rookie season in the NBA.
Green is projected to go early in the second round by nbadraft.net, a website that purports to base its projections on analysis by its own scouts, along with the opinions of NBA and international scouts. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford considers Green to be the ninth-best point guard available in the draft, and a likely second-round pick.
This month, he's had workouts with the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks. He's also slated to workout for the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.
"You travel from city-to-city, you get in late and you have to get up at 7:45 and be ready to perform," said Green, who was considered a possible late first-round pick earlier this month in some projections. "That's kind of challenging right now to me. No matter what time you get in, when you get up, you've got to make sure you're on top of your game. In the NBA, you go from city-to-city each night, so it's good for me to see this side of it."
After his workout Monday in Milwaukee, he felt good about how he'd performed. He knows exactly what NBA types want to see from him.
"I think I showed people I could play defense," said Green, who added teams want to find out if he can handle the physical nature of the NBA game. "I know people could see my scoring ability and how I can run a team and things like that, but I think people were more concerned if I could defend at this level.
"A lot of the feedback I've been getting is just that I'm showing people I'm not just a scorer. I can do other things."
Green said most of the workouts have featured similar schedules: warm-ups and core stretches, ball-handling drills, shooting drills from several spots on the floor, dribble drives to the rim, working off screens, showing footwork off screens, one-on-one work, some specific looks at how he might fit into their system and some 3-on-3 competition.
Since most of the workouts feature groups of six players, he's crossed paths with some of the same point guards at several workouts. He's worked out with Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Nate Wolters (South Dakota State), Matt Dellavedova (St. Mary's, Calif.), Pierre Jackson (Baylor), Ray McCallum (Detroit), Lorenzo Brown (N.C. State) and Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State).
"Every last one of them I've gotten their number and we follow each other on Twitter," said Green, who had dinner and went to see "Man of Steel" with Canaan and Franklin the night before a recent workout. "It's pretty cool how you go from the night before where we all hang out, and then the next morning, you've got to turn it on out on the floor.
"Everybody respects everyone, but when it's time to come on the court, you see a different side from everybody. We're not buddy-buddy anymore. We're trying to earn a job."