NBA hopes abound for Purdue's Kramer

Chris Kramer is not on anyone's draft board. He's not in Chad Ford's 2010 top 100, which includes, by dint of sheer math, at least 40 players who won't be drafted in either of the NBA draft's first two rounds on June 24. He's not, to be blunt, an NBA prospect. Just don't tell Kramer that.

The Purdue grad is keeping his hopes alive. Doing two- and sometimes three-a-day workouts on the north side of Indianapolis, Kramer is attempting to turn what made him such a good college player -- hard work, tenacity, strength -- into the root of a professional career. He even brought his motivational quote book with him:

"You have to set your expectations as high as you want," Kramer said. "You don't want to sell yourself short. Shoot for the stars."

True enough, I guess. More likely is that Kramer goes undrafted and signs a contract to play for an NBDL team. Or there's always overseas hoops. Which is a bit of a shame, because if Kramer had a little (OK, a lot) more height, he could be one of the NBA's best perimeter defenders. As it stands, that's probably not going to happen. But he might as well shoot for those stars. You never know, right?

And hey, if the basketball thing doesn't work out, there's always the Navy! The Chris Kramer- and Derrick Caracter-led Navy hoops team would rightly be the envy of the U.S. Armed Forces.