Former Maryland Terrapin forward Landon Milbourne recently returned from a workout with the Indiana Pacers this week in the hopes that he will eventually be a member of the team come next season.
The first people he talked to when he got back? WNST’s own Glenn Clark and Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction”.
Milbourne, who not only played significantly three out of the four years at College Park, is trying to keep up the progress he has shown over the last two years playing for coach Gary Williams and hoping it equates to success on the next level, the NBA.
He has made sure to stay on the top of his game, because he doesn’t know when the next opportunity will be come knocking.
“That’s how it is,” Milbourne said. “You’re definitely on call and you don’t know when or where you next workout is.”
Overall, he said his agent told him the Pacers really liked him, maybe enough to make him a 2nd round pick.
“It went really well. My agent called back to say they loved me. Definitely I’m in consideration for a second round pick.”
“They were real satisfied with what I did, and hopefully I’ll get a job there.”
Milbourne, who is originally from Georgia, was a starter for the Terps the last two seasons, and especially in his junior year he was called upon to be the big body scorer for the Terps despite only being 6’7 205.
In his junior year, he averaged in double-figures in points (11.4) and contributed five rebounds a game for Williams’ squad. His numbers blossomed a year later due to the better team around Milbourne, including the presence of freshman Jordan Williams and the All-American play of Greivis Vasquez.
Milbourne finished his senior year, a season in which Maryland made it to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, with 12.7 ppg and 4 rebounds. He finished in doubles figures in 2/3 of the Terps’ games this year, including a nine-game stretch through the end of December into January.
Milbourne just wants to take what he’s learned from Coach Williams and at Maryland and put it to good use playing for an NBA franchise.
It was a great opportunity and I’m very thankful to have that. Playing under Coach Williams gives you some credibility alone, cause they know what kind of player they’re going to get.
“They’re going to get a hard worker and a guy with some fire. I’m thankful to be able to play under a soon-to-be Hall of Fame coach like Gary.”
And he would like more than else to do even more than his father, Andre Forman, who is the career scoring leader at Salisbury and played on several teams overseas.
Milbourne has already tried out for two more franchise so far this offseason, including the Golden State Warriors and the Washington Wizards, who in Maryland’s backyard have taken fliers on former Maryland guys like Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, and Lonny Baxter.
He just wants his shot and he has been working hard to get it. And he knows that even if the Pacers don’t take a shot, he thinks that there is at least one other team out there that would want his services.
“That’s what they tell you. You always have another chance to be with another team if you don’t get drafted. That’s an opportunity to get where you want to go, and you have to take advantage.”
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