Such is the life for former Wisconsin forward Micah Potter.
The 6-foot-10 product has been preparing for the NBA draft in Atlanta, going through multiple workouts six days a week while also finalizing his own wedding plans set to take place on Friday. Surprisingly, though, Potter is quite calm on the week of his wedding.
In the midst of the wedding planning, Potter recently took part in the Tampa Bay Pro Combine, an upstart pre-draft scouting event held in Wesley Chapel, Florida.
Micah Potter was an All-Tournament Team selection by @basketbllnews.
— SUVtv (@SUVtv) June 8, 2021
Among roughly 40 other draft hopefuls, Potter emerged as perhaps the top performer after averaging 18 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in four scrimmage games. He finished off his stay with 30 points in his final game and was tied for second in scoring among all players.
Potter is hoping to carry that momentum from the TBPC into his future workouts and interviews with NBA teams. His game has improved drastically since the conclusion of last season and is something he is eager to showcase.
He recently sat down with Rookie Wire to discuss the pre-draft process, his improvement on the court, his nerves on the week of his wedding and much more.
Please note this interview was minorly edited in its transcript for clarity
2 minute SHOOTING DRILL
2 in a row in 5 spots
See how many you can get at the top of the key after. I made 30 threes at the top! & Broke the All time record for this Drill! 🔥🔥🔥 #LetsGoooooooooBizzy!! pic.twitter.com/P6veAqFUJG
— Bizzy🌟 (@BizzyBones11) May 27, 2021
MP: It’s been a lot of fun. Some other guys have been working out with us and they push me. They push me to be better. I think everyone has a good idea of who Bones Hyland is but they really push me and we push each other. It has been a lot of fun. We do a lot of competitive stuff with different drills we do, specifically with shooting. We’ll do some 1-on-1 stuff, 2-on-2 and 5-on-5. It has been a lot of fun getting to know these guys and hearing about their backgrounds by working out with them every single day. We’ll ultimately make each other better as basketball players because that is what you want to be. You want to make sure you’re getting as good as you possibly can be to show yourself off for NBA teams.
Being in great shape, being super mobile and, obviously, people know I can shoot the ball, but even just expanding on that, even more, is something I’ve been able to hone in on since I’ve been here. It has been a lot of fun to see the progress I’ve made in the short time I’ve been here. I really started to see that after two weeks. It was like, ‘Wow! I can do this now.’ That comes with the work. This is the most I’ve worked in my entire life. I’m in the best shape of my life and it’s still in progress.
MP: I’m a mobile big, who has a high motor, can play inside and out and score at all three levels. I can post up. I’d say I set great screens, getting other people open whether it’d be ball screens or off-ball situations. Being able to pop or roll or make the right play; that’s something I want to do. I’m someone who plays super hard on both ends of the floor, rebounds the ball. Honestly, some of that stuff, people probably didn’t see at Wisconsin because we were a slower-paced team.
— InStat Basketball (@InStatBasket) June 5, 2021
MP: In any pre-draft combine or workout, you want to be able to show off yourself. You want to show off how good you are as a basketball player, what your strengths are and how you have improved on your weaknesses. My biggest thing for the Tampa Bay Pro Combine was to go in and play my butt off and be able to show off the skills I’ve developed. I was the second-leading scorer in the tournament. In my personal opinion, I feel like I was one of the best bigs on the floor in the entire combine. I tested really well in the combine testing, which was speed drills, lane agility drills, shuttle drills, vertical jumps and all of that stuff. I was really happy about that.
— Paul Reuvers (@PaulReuvers) June 5, 2021
MP: First of all, it was just good to see them. D’Mitrik (Trice) and Nate (Reuvers) are really good friends, they always will be. I mentioned my wedding, so Nate will be at my wedding. D’Mitrik was invited but with his schedule, and having to move to Los Angeles, he can’t make it and I completely understand. Those guys are going to be good friends for life.
They played well. I know D’Mitrik had a great weekend so I was really happy for him. It was fun to play against him. We had gone against each other in practice so it was fun and competitive, but it was also cool to see how they would play in an NBA style. As far as I know, they both had good weekends. It was good to see them. We got dinner a couple of times so that was cool.
— Micah Potter (@BigJam_23) July 1, 2020
MP: It hasn’t been too bad. Playing on the stage that I’ve played on the last four years, you feel like you get used it to. We’ll see when it comes down to it on the wedding day. I’m sure there will be some butterflies. I remember the day we got engaged, I wasn’t nervous all day until we went out to dinner right before we got engaged. I started getting a few butterflies but in the moment I was cool. She is the love of my life. She is perfect for me. I think she is perfect in every single way.
It is one of those things where if you have complete confidence in that, and knowing that God has brought you two together, there is no reason to be nervous. I’d say I’m more excited than nervous. I haven’t seen her in a while so our relationship, being in our own two sports and going to different schools, and even with COVID, we’ve been long-distance a lot. It’s going to be super exciting just to see each other and then she is going to end up moving down here with me to Atlanta.
But that’s part of the process of this. They say that your pre-draft summer is the busiest of your life and I’m adding a wedding to it. She understands, though. She was an athlete at Loyola-Chicago so she understands the demand this kind of stuff takes. She is super supportive and that makes me even more comfortable and confident in the work I’m putting in because I know that she is going to support me no matter what.
This has even been a dream of mine since before I can even remember. I grew up with my dad talking about the game of basketball and playing professionally so that is something I’ve had a goal of doing since I was young. To be able to achieve that dream and have a chance to provide for my family and, potentially, generational wealth, is something that is a huge driving force for me.
I think being older helps with that. I want to make sure that I can prove I’m a fit and I belong in the NBA from a skill, size and ability standpoint. I think a lot of people know I can shoot the ball at a high level. I’m looking to prove that I can shoot at a higher level than what I did in college with the different shots I’ve worked on here in Atlanta.
Obviously, you’ve got the elite of the elite and that is a different story but in our situations, what you see is what you’re going to get. I think we can change the notion that older is worse. Having guys that are older are more capable of being ready right now and contribute right now.