Former OU standout Romero Osby took the first step in his professional career this week at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
He averaged 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 21.2 minutes while playing for the Orlando Magic, which selected him 51st overall in this year's draft. In a Q&A with The Oklahoman following his final performance Friday, Osby looked ahead to the start of his NBA journey and looked back on his days in Norman.
Q: How would you sum up this summer league experience, your first action as an NBA player?
A: It was great. I got a chance to play with some guys that's been in the league for a year or two. I got a chance to be around some veteran coaches and play against some great competition, so it was an awesome experience. I'm glad I got a chance to experience it. I'm just waiting to see what happens next.
Evaluate your performance. How do you think you did this week?
I think I played pretty good. You know me. I'm always on myself about stuff. I can't say I did everything right because I didn't. It's a lot of things I still can get better at and am going to continue to get better at. But overall I give myself a C. I feel like I still have a lot of room to grow. I could have done a lot of things better. But for my first time being in an NBA setting and nobody expected me to be here I think I did pretty well.
Your energy and hustle really stood out. Do you feel like you were able to use those things to impress the coaches and general managers in the gym?
Yeah, I think so. I came in every day and played hard and fought my tail off. I think sometimes I get so emotional out there and enthusiastic and I go so hard that sometimes I let it get the best of me. It's not to the point where I'm getting a technical foul. But that's something I've got to continue to gather in because I'm going to be a rookie, and rookies don't get foul calls in this league. You got to work for it.
What was it like to be a part of the rebuilding process at OU?
It was great. It was tough sitting out. That year I sat out we weren't really good. And then my junior year we were a lot better, but it was coach (Lon) Kruger's first year, so we were just on the cusp. We weren't really where we wanted to be. But for my last year, and for it to be my senior year, I worked as hard as I worked and my teammates worked as hard as they worked so we could get back to the NCAA Tournament and help coach Kruger get to his fifth NCAA Tournament. That was really big for me and for everybody that was involved. So I was happy to be a part of that.
Where do see the program going now?
They're going to be the sleeper right now because they don't have the Andrew Wiggins or the Marcus Smarts right now. But it's a lot of good players on that team, and we got an outstanding coaching staff and a support system behind them. So I know that they're going to do well. Hopefully they continue to go to NCAA tournaments and go deeper and deeper in the tournament.