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Nate Sestina is preparing for the NBA Draft by working out at a winery

Nate Sestina is preparing for professional basketball with professional sommeliers.

The former Bucknell and Kentucky basketball standout has taken his talents to wine country. Most spend their time vacationing in Napa Valley to sample some of the world’s best grapes. While I’m sure Sestina has dabbled a time or two, he’s primarily using the vineyard as a workout facility.

Sestina’s former Bucknell teammate, Matt O’Reilly, works for the winery. A secluded space with a basketball gym and a pool, O’Reilly asked his boss if Sestina could use the facility to train for the NBA Draft, and he happily obliged. We’ve heard that athletes have been forced to get creative to find facilities to use during the coronavirus pandemic. Sestina hit the lottery.

In a conversation with The Daily Item, the Pennsylvania native said he’s had a few different opportunities to play professionally overseas. He’s open to using the route down the road, but he not until he gives the NBA his best shot first.

“I’m really waiting it out,” Sestina said. “I’ve had a couple of good offers to play overseas, but the opportunity to get my foot in the door with an NBA team — or on a two-way contract with a G-League team — is more appealing to me. If you get even a two-way contract, you’re right there on the fringes of the NBA.”

When Sestina originally chose to become a grad transfer, his primary goal was to use the year to prepare for professional basketball. He believes one year in Lexington got him ready to take his talents to the next level.

“I was a chubby buzzcut kid from the middle of nowhere Pa.,” Sestina said. “I had no idea what it took. Four years of ups and downs at Bucknell is what prepared me for playing at Kentucky. Playing as a grad transfer at Kentucky prepared me physically and mentally for what’s next. It’s hard. You get a lot of stuff thrown at you at once.”

If playing basketball at Kentucky isn’t living the dream, it certainly looks like Sestina is living it now. I can think of worse ways to stay in shape than by running through the rolling vine-covered hills of Northern California.


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Article written by Nick Roush

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5 Comments for Nate Sestina is preparing for the NBA Draft by working out at a winery

  1. lexattorney
    1:19 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    That is awesome! I don’t know if Sestina will ever see the NBA but he’s a great kid and solid player. If it’s not in the NBA he will find a home somewhere.

  2. chris43
    2:39 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Heck yeah! Way to go Nate! Be sure to spend draft night there also…that way if ya don’t get drafted ya can at least get hammered! Great kid he’ll play pro ball somewhere but I don’t see the NBA (but who knows with a couple years of G League). We never got to see his true potential. He was coming on strong and fast before the injury and afterwards was never the same.

  3. TonyMontana
    5:20 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Well… we never expected Mychal Mulder to go pro… So what do we know. I suppose if you work hard enough you can do it.

  4. Cletis75
    6:47 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    At least someone’s trying to follow my lead! I’ve been training for the NBA draft at the bar in my basement. Though I am not trying to get drafted, I will track the UK players taken. Unless they want to sign me as an UFA, to sit at the end of the bench, drink, and give pep talks to the players or maybe a life coach type to warn them about the pitfalls of life, like leaches of people.

  5. BallDontLie
    8:33 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Training for the NBA draft? Really?