INDIANAPOLIS - It was an active homecoming for NBA Draftprospect Julian Mavunga. Mavunga, who attended high school at Brownsburg High, went out of state for college in Miami, Ohio. His return home was quite the exciting opportunity.

"It was really an honor to come back home, to have the Pacer organization bring me in." Said Mavunga.

Mavunga practiced today with five other draft hopefuls. Some of these other players were from much larger schools where the basketball programs are much more well-known. Although he was up against these upper-tier players, Mavunga was not deterred and rose to the challenge.

"When you get the opportunity to come in and work against (these) other guys, it's up to you. I just try to showcase what I can do." He said.

His workout drills against the other players were observed by the deciding parties of the draft pick, including head coach Frank Vogel and Owner Larry Bird. The two leaders of the organization's presence was enough of a motivation to perform at his peak.

"They want to see what kind of competitor you are." Said Mavunga, "Usually when you get invited to these workouts, they know you can play (but) they want to see how hard you work."

Mavunga describes his motivations to work hard and compete are much simpler than others would be led to believe. Although he has only been playing basketball since freshman year at high school, that opportunity to play ignited a strong desire to play the sport. And that desire can be the deciding factor in his selection in the draft.

Mavunga said, "I don't want to do it just for the job and make money. I have a passion for basketball."