BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Former Virginia Tech basketball star Keve Aluma is all about trusting the process. “It’s been good to workout with all of these teams and to kind of get into gyms just kind of getting the swing of things it’s been pretty chaotic. I’ve been able to get a few days off so it hasn’t been so bad for me but it’s been a good start to this journey,” said Aluma.
A few months ago, Aluma decided not to return to Virginia Tech – and prepare for the 2022 NBA Draft – he’s worked out for teams like the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers – and his decision to begin his pro journey – was something his family was on board with.
“They were probably more pushing me to make that next step more than I was at first because I think they believed in me and just thought that I was ready for this next step. So at first they were probably more into it than I was. But they’ve had my back and they’ve been super supportive of me and I wouldn’t be able to do this without them,” said Aluma.
Aluma is no stranger to hard work – for the past few seasons he was a key reason for the Hokies success on the court – which then led to Virginia Tech’s first ACC Tournament title. “To end the way it did and to beat some of those teams with some of those big name guys that was a pretty big way to end it,” said Aluma.
As draft night nears Thursday, Aluma is prepared for any outcome. “It’ll definitely be special. But I think I also have it in my head to where regardless of what happens whether my name gets called or not the next few years I’m going to have to work as hard as I can and I probably need a little bit of good luck too,” said Aluma. The 2022 NBA Draft gets underway Thursday at 8pm.