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“Best defensive player. Best defensive player on the ball I’ve ever seen in my life,” Powell said. “What the NBA doesn’t know, he can score, too, and is super athletic. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people.”

The only question that remains is when.

Bowen went undrafted and played in France and the Continental Basketball Association before the Miami Heat signed him to a 10-day contract in 1997. The Phoenix Suns‘ Raja Bell — also a defensive specialist — finished his collegiate career at Florida International in 1999 and also went undrafted by the NBA; he didn’t play a game until he joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001.

While Strawberry acknowledges he may have to travel the same road as those players, for now he still has workouts lined up with the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats. He’s going to take Gentry’s advice and do what he does best — and also try to show an improved shooting touch.

“With the right system, I think I can be a good offensive player, too,” Strawberry said. “A lot of teams are going to need a defensive player like me. I try to go out and continue to work hard on defense and get better on offense. Whatever happens on draft night happens. Wherever I end up and wherever I go, it doesn’t matter to me.”