Former Davidson guard Tyler Kalinoski has grown used to the routine.
Having already worked out for the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers in the past two weeks, the 2015 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year has quickly learned how wearing travel associated with pre-draft workouts can be.
But Tuesday’s six-player workout with the Charlotte Hornets came with a sense of ease. Kalinoski returned to Time Warner Cable Arena, 22 miles from the college where he’s spent the past four years.
“When you’re traveling to these other workouts, you’re flying out, getting a hotel, staying there for a couple of hours, going to sleep and waking up and leaving,” he said. “It was nice to have the day yesterday, relax, drive down here, stay the night in a hotel and just come here in the morning. It’s been a lot more relaxed.”
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In Tuesday’s drills, Kalinoski, 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, looked to impress scouts with his heralded shooting while demonstrating he can handle the basketball well enough to play point guard if needed.
Kalinoski finished his four-year career under coach Bob McKillop ranked third on Davidson’s all-time 3-point list with 243. He became the first Wildcat to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 3-pointers made.
In the program’s first season in the A-10, he averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists and led the conference with 91 made 3-pointers. Kalinsoki said Davidson’s jump from the Southern Conference to the A-10 improved his profile.
“Moving to the A-10 this year definitely increased my exposure, playing against bigger, stronger, faster guys and better competition,” he said. “Being a part of a great program with a great coach has helped. Just having his connections going forward has definitely helped me out.”
Kalinoski said he has workouts scheduled with Miami on Thursday, Oklahoma City on Saturday and Detroit on June 18. He said the interest teams have shown in him has been more than he expected.
“Coming out of college, I was just hoping to get a couple of workouts to show people what I can do,” he said. “Getting the opportunity to have as many as I’ve had and going forward with these next ones, it’s really exciting for me.”