Carrick Felix captivated the Arizona State staff and, in time, the rest of the Pac-12 conference with his athleticism, his commitment to defense, his leadership and his subjugation of self in a breakout senior season, one he dedicated to his baby girl.
NBA scouts have seen the same thing.
Maybe it was Felix's commitment to conditioning that has dropped his body fat to a reported 3.3 percent this spring.
Maybe it was his clutch 3-point shooting at a scouts-only scrimmage for draft candidates in New Jersey, a few weeks after he participated in a larger combine in Chicago.
Maybe it was his poised demeanor with team executives during round after round of interviews.
Whatever, Felix has presented himself so well in the months leading up to the NBA draft on Thursday that he seems a near-lock to be drafted, a year after he might well have been an afterthought.
Felix visited 17 teams in the run-up to the draft, and the consensus seems to be he will be selected in the second round. T...