SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Will Vorhees rose to the occasion his entire redshirt senior season at Notre Dame College.
On Friday, the reigning Division II national player of the year will be rewarded by working out for the Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of the NBA Draft on June 20.
"I think it's every kid's dream who plays basketball to one day make it to the NBA," said the 6-foot-8 power forward from Columbus Grove High School in Lima. "I'm not taking (this opportunity) for granted and I'm definitely excited for it."
After playing just three games in the 2017-18 season before being sidelined with injuries, Vorhees bounced back in his fifth year with Notre Dame College to re-write its record books. He finished first in the country in Division II for the 2018-19 season in total points (893) and total field goals made (343) and second in points per game (28.8) and double-doubles (23), leading the Falcons to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II men's tournament.
For his career, Vorhees became the first player in Mountain East Conference history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. He sits 16th on the NCAA Division II all-time scoring list with 2,761 points.
"He's an absolute coach's dream," said Notre Dame College head coach Tim Koenig. "We can tell our current players, we can tell our recruits and I can tell my five-year-old son, 'Here's what you can do when you listen, you do the right things... and, oh by the way, you work your tail off for it.'"
In addition to his gaudy college statistics, Vorhees earned a workout invite from his favorite NBA team through his play at IMPACT Basketball's pro day in Las Vegas on May 27.
"I know it's my biggest workout that I've had to this date," Vorhees said of his workout with the Wine and Gold, "but at the same time, I've been working my tail off over in Vegas, getting myself prepared for this moment."
Now, with the draft less than a week away, Vorhees awaits another chance to prove he belongs in the world's most competitive league.
"I think there's still a chip on my shoulder to prove that a D-II guy can go pro and be successful at it," he said.
The Cavs own two first-round picks (5th overall and 26th overall) in the draft.