NYIT guard Darian Hooker does not expect to hear his name announced during Thursday's NBA Draft. That does not mean he has given up on eventually playing in the league.

Hooker led Division II in scoring with a 28.3-point average. He had pre-draft workouts with the Wizards and Nets. He played against Notre Dame's Jerian Grant -- a possible lottery pick -- and other likely first- or second-round talents such as Delon Wright (Utah), Juwan Staten (West Virginia), Shannon Scott (Ohio State), Josh Richardson (Tennessee) and Tyler Harvey (Eastern Washington), who led Division I in scoring with a 23.1 average.

"Both of those workouts were a lot of fun,'' said the 6-1, 185-pound Hooker. "I performed really well at both of them. Both of the teams called my agent and said they were really impressed. They didn't think I could play at this level, they didn't think I was at that level of basketball. I felt like I kind of caught them off guard doing some of the things I was doing. Some of the coaching staff at first was kind of looking at me. It's understandable, but at the end of the day basketball is basketball no matter who's on the floor.''

Hooker's game plan is to sign as a free agent and hopefully get invited to the Las Vegas Summer League. "He likely won't be drafted,'' said NYIT coach Rob Isme, who took over after the 2014-15 season when Sal Lagano accepted the boys coaching job at St. Anthony's High School. "Our hope for him is that he gets invited to the summer league just to get a look. That's a great accomplishment. To any European team anywhere this kid would have NBA on his background.''

Lagano added, "What they're all saying is offensively he can play with anybody. Defensively, with his size and weight, that's something he's got to hopefully try to improve. But offensively they say he's as good as any player he's playing against.

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"I would think the European option would be more lucrative for him. It depends what he wants to do. It depends what options he gets. Maybe people didn't think he could do that well or as well as he has. He has turned some heads offensively.''

Isme said Hooker's work ethic is off the charts. "He is unbelievable in the gym. He has a notebook with him, he writes down how many shots he takes, how many shots he has to make in a certain spot. The NBA's all about offense, what can you do for me now. Can you score a bucket for me when I need to score a bucket?

"He's a scoring point guard. If I could compare him to somebody in the NBA at that position -- he doesn't shoot the same way -- is Stephen Curry. He has the ability to score in bunches like Steph Curry. He gets a lot of his points in the midrange.''

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Hooker spent only one season at NYIT after transferring from Division I Campbell in Buies Creek, North Carolina. His production at NYIT earned him a shot at playing professional basketball -- somewhere. He's heard the criticism about being undersized and playing at the D-II level. "I don't really pay any attention to it,'' he said. "I don't really worry about it when people say stuff like that. It doesn't bother me what people say.

"When people say stuff like that it can't motivate me any more than I am already. I don't play the game to get approval from anybody else. If you can play the NBA is going to find you. At the end of the day, when you get there you're there. It doesn't matter how I get there. I just want to get there. I know that I can contribute on that level. I'm going to keep pushing until there's no more left in me.''