Nik Stauskas spent Thursday afternoon strolling around Quest Multisport, a nondescript gym about 15 minutes outside of downtown Chicago, out toward the West Side.

Stauskas has spent much of the last few weeks here, holding court alongside a few other NBA hopefuls and working out while out of view. Former teammate Mitch McGary joined him. Last year's national player of the year, Doug McDermott of Creighton, was included. Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Joe Harris (Virginia) and Adreian Payne (Michigan State), among others, swung through.

All shared two things: Hopes of being selected in the June 26 NBA draft and an agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports.

The time to shine came Thursday. The NBA draft combine took over Quest Multisport and nearly 60 players -- some legitimate prospects, some scratching and clawing for hope -- took the floor in front of NBA executives, coaches and scouts.

Those NBA evaluators hoping to eyeball the 2014 Big Ten player of the year, though, were left watching Stauskas stroll.

The future pro sat this one out. One prevailing thought held sway: There's little to gain by participating in the combine.

"Knowing what the drills were going to be, I just felt like a lot of it was just jump shooting and obviously that's the strongest part of my game and I feel like teams already know I can shoot the ball," Stauskas said. "So coming in, I felt like even if I had a great day shooting, it really wasn't going to do much for me."

Instead, Stauskas will use the combine to undergo official anthropometric measurements, strength/agility drills and team meetings.

Currently projected as a late lottery pick, Stauskas was told that not participating in live basketball drills at the combine won't impact his draft position.

"To be honest I think I can help myself with the physical testing, so I'm just looking forward to seeing how that goes," he said.