Oakland University’s Kay Felder lit up the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Heading into next month’s NBA Draft, Felder spoke with ASN’s Monica McNutt about the experience. While he waits for the draft, he is working out in Dallas.
Going into the combine my mentality was just trying to kill everything, trying to be first and if not first, then definitely trying to be top three or just get an impressive time. People questioned certain things about me going into the combine so I feel like I had a lot to prove. Overall I’d probably give myself a B. I could’ve been more aggressive, cut the turnovers down, all in all I’d give myself a B.
The hardest part is being noticed, being seen, trying to get your name out there, and trying to create some buzz. Of course everybody knows your name or knows of you, but it’s about really being noticed and being seen having your name talked about. On the vert I just told myself to “just go get it, go get the highest.”
I’ve basically been trying to show my athleticism all year. I did it before, I think my highest was like a 40, so 44, that impressed me. I was kind of shocked honestly, but I know I can do it again. I didn’t even know what I’d done until after when everybody started tweeting and calling me afterwards.
I definitely enjoyed myself, I got to meet some people and network, got some cards. I got to talk to a lot of important people about the game and stuff off the court. That was my biggest thing, off the court stuff because there’s so much going on in the world.
Now that the combine is over it’s about team workouts. I don’t have any scheduled right now.
It’s been good to be in Dallas training. I’m focused on staying the course, and I’m putting smiles on my people’s faces and that’s the big thing that’s keeping me focused. Really, I’m away from extra added baggage down in Dallas by myself with the trainers. I don’t have to worry about feeling obligated to do things for people, I’m away and free.
My dad Kay Felder Sr. and my high school coach A.W. Canada — those two have been the most influential throughout my whole life not just basketball.
I talked to them about leaving school early, I was kind of questioning myself about it at first because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, I was kind of scared, but then I thought about it once I came back from the Vegas 16 tournament, I was ready to make my decision.
Now that I’m turning pro they remind me to just kill the process, but also it’s just basketball at the end of the day. Even though you’re doing something that you’ve never done before and you’re trying to change your life in an impactful way, basically just kill the process. Whatever is in front of you, you have to bust through it don’t hold nothing back. I left school early so it has to work out in some type of way, not necessarily saying the NBA, but make sure you put yourself in good positions for your future that’s their biggest thing.
I’ m pretty confident in myself, whatever I put my mind to I can do it, that’s just me as a person and my family is behind me 100%, they don’t let me get down on myself or count myself out. A lot of my confidence comes from growing up in Detroit, not being given anything, you had to earn everything you got, that was it right there.
Beyond basketball I want people to know I’m a pretty laid back guy but I can also socialize.
Above: Photo courtesy Oakland University