A trip home to Lexington brought back some memories and the chance to make some new ones this weekend.

Sitting at his family's home back in Kentucky, Shelvin Mack's mother pulled out a book to which he'd written his goals for his life back when he was in third grade.

"One of my goals in life was to be a professional basketball player," said the Butler junior. "Fortunately I've been successful."

For Mack, it was the last thing he needed to go after such a lofty goal.

After his weekend home, Mack informed head coach Brad Stevens that he would forgo his senior season at Butler and keep his name in the NBA Draft. In April, Mack entered his name into the draft but didn't hire an agent, leaving the option open to return to college by May 8th.

In the end, however, the guard received enough positive feedback to make the jump to professional basketball.

"He did a great job to get me information," said Mack of Stevens, who did the same thing for Gordon Hayward when he left the school for the NBA in 2010. "The feedback was ultimately enough to be comfortable with the decision I made."

Using that word "comfortable" might be something those looking toward the immediate future of the National Basketball Association. For one thing, the NBA Lockout is expected to go into effect this summer, putting at least part or the entire season in jeopardy.

Mack says he's ready for this, and plans to finish the 23 hours remaining on his Butler coursework and complete his degree.

"This summer there will be a lockout, I plan on being around in the summer too and working towards that degree," said Mack-but of course there is the draft itself.

A sampling of NBA Mock Drafts have Mack going somewhere late in the first round to early second round, but invariability is apart of draft day. With only 60 total picks, the chance exists that Mack could without being picked up and his chances of getting into a camp could be limited by the impending lockout.

The guard believes, however, that he has enough information to show that things wouldn't play out that way.

"To me, the worst case scenario is to go undrafted and go to Europe," said Mack. "I'm mentally prepared if that happens. But first thing, I hope it doesn't happen, I'm gonna work hard, worry about the controllables, just improving each day and let everything else take care of itself."

In the meantime, Mack says he was told during his NBA workouts to work on getting in a bit better shape along with being more consistent in his play. Until the draft, Mack will workout out both at Attack Athletics in Chicago as well as St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis.

Stevens believes that Mack's current body of work along with the improvements he'll make over the summer will make him the second Butler NBA player in history-joining Hayward who was drafted 9th by the Jazz last season.

"He talked about the worst case scenario there, but I think there is a most likely scenario and a best case scenario," said Stevens of Mack. "We hope the labor situation doesn't last very long, because, you know, that being said and after these workouts, I think you'll see him playing in the NBA next year."