Day after day, city after city, Romero Osby is traveling the country, trying to get an NBA team — any NBA team — to fall in love with him.
Or at least like the former OU star enough to spend a coveted draft pick on him later this month.
“I've got a lot of teams scheduled,” Osby said, via phone, outside a Sacramento restaurant earlier this week, a day before he was set to workout for the Kings. “So that means there's some type of interest.”
And that interest has led to plenty of positive feedback.
The six-foot-seven forward (“Six-eight with shoes,” Osby said) turned heads during a workout with the Wizards last week and has been gaining momentum, with many draft-focused sites labeling him a possible second-round steal.
He's had other group and individual training sessions with the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Nets and 76ers, among others. Even had a long and instructive conversation with former OU coach and current Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson after a workout in Houston.
“It's funny how small the basketball world is,” Osby said of his meeting with Sampson. “There's been different teams that really like my game, think I can be an asset. I don't have any promises or anything about getting drafted, but I do have some positive feedback and that's what I'm going off.”
In other major sports, Osby would be an essential lock to get drafted and a strong candidate to make a roster.
The NFL has seven rounds and 53 roster spots per team; 254 players got drafted in 2013. The MLB has 40 rounds and more than 150 spots per organization; 1,216 players got drafted in 2013.
But the NBA only has two rounds. Sixty players get selected. And many of them, especially in the second round, are draft-and-stash selections, with NBA teams taking an international player and storing him overseas for a couple seasons.
It's a harsh reality for fringe second-round picks. Some of college basketball's best players, like Osby, a guy who averaged 16 points and seven boards as an All-Big 12 First Team selection last season at OU, may not find a place in the league.