The players left the court one by one, finishing their post practice routines and retreating to the locker room. Some Indiana Pacers summer camp participants stuck to free throws and left after a quick cool down session. Eventually, a lone figure remained putting up shot after shot moving from one side of the court to the other.

"Just ten more minutes guys," said Julian Mavunga to his rebounders as another ball swished through the net.

Not everyone is built to stay the course after college and a disappointing NBA Draft. There are not many opportunities in basketball to keep the dream alive. After going unselected, a player looks to the D league or possibly heading oversees to improve their game. Julian Mavunga is hoping to prove his worth to the Pacers and stick with the team he grew up watching in some capacity.

"I just have to take every single opportunity I have to get better," said the 6' 8" 245 pound forward. "The more shots I get up the better I get, it's part of the mentality."

Mavunga is the hometown kid. He played alongside Gordan Heyward at Brownsburg and won a state title. Playing for the Pacers is an opportunity the former Miami of Ohio star takes seriously.

"It feels really good being able to put on the Pacers jersey being from Indiana," said Mavunga. "Hopefully I can wear the Pacers jersey during the regular season one day."

For many players like Mavunga, a major transition from college to making an NBA roster is adjusting their style of play. The slick shooting and big bodied forward was a centerpiece at Miami of Ohio. He broke the career games played record ending with 124 and finished seventh all time in minutes played. Mavunga ranks 13th all time in points scored for the Redhawks. Despite his records in college, the Miami of Ohio standout is simply trying to fit in and show a team like the Pacers that he can be a strong role player and help the team in any capacity.

"There's an adjustment to make," said Mavunga. "As you fit in you can start to develop a role on the team. I'm just here to do whatever is needed of me."

Mavunga has the right attitude and mindset, but he is by no means lacking skill or physical prowess. After the scrimmage, his smooth shooting stroke was on display as he made a large percentage of his shots from spots all over the court. He has no problems with free throws, ranking third all time at Miami of Ohio. Mavunga averaged 16.4 points, 9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game last season.

"I can be an effective stretch four man," said the Indiana native. "I think I have pretty good size, can shoot the ball well, and pass pretty well."

Mavunga had an offer to join the summer league with the New York Knicks, but he simply could not pass up an opportunity to don the blue and gold and have Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh observe his workouts.

"I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for the Pacers being the hometown kid," said Mavunga. Referring to Bird and Walsh, he had a hard time putting their accomplishments into words saying, "That's greatness and it's really fun to come into an organization like this."