The X-Man Chronicles: “What If’s” Can Kill You
After transferring from Colorado to Northern Illinois, Xavier Silas established himself as one of the top offensive players in the country, averaging 19 points as a junior and 22 as a senior.
The 6’5 shooting guard is currently chasing his dream of becoming an NBA player. He’s going to blog for HOOPSWORLD throughout the 2011 NBA Draft process, giving insight into the life of a draft prospect working to hear his name called on June 23rd.
Here is his second entry:
Everyday of the last week has been important. Sunday was an off day. I spent the morning on Netflix having a family guy marathon and then my mom cooked a nice Sunday dinner that we ate at my uncles house in north Las Vegas.
Monday and Tuesday were workout days. Monday was fairly competitive and Tuesday was geared toward skill work. With only a week or sometimes even a couple of days between workouts, rest and maintenance are the two most important things. There is no time to try and fix your game, that is what the spring was for.
"Carpe Diem" is a phrase I live by, it means seize the day. I’ve seen too many people wish they would’ve worked as hard as they could’ve then when they fail they ask themselves "What if I would have gave it my all?". I’m a firm believer that "what if’s" can kill you, slowly but surely.
Wednesday I flew out to Detroit for a Pistons workout. I ended up traveling around 9 hours when you add up the delayed flight, the wait at the airport for the other players arrival and the grueling drive from Detroit Metro Airport to Auburn Hills in rush hour traffic.
The workout itself was quick and intense only going for about an hour. We shot some shots stationary and on the move then competed with each other. I played well, I shot well, I defended well and I made plays. A Pistons scout told me he loves my competitive spirit and energy and that with those two things and the talent I already have I will have a long career.
I have no choice but to keep that Carpe Diem mentality throughout this process and throughout life, it’s in my blood. "What if’s" won’t kill me.
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