When Tony Snell embarked on his pre-draft workout tour, he had a feeling that his very first visit was to the same team that would select him in Thursday night’s 2013 NBA Draft.

“I really did,” claimed the New Mexico swingman, reached by phone. “That was my very first workout. I felt really good, had a little taste of what it’s going to be like and I really felt great about the workout.”

Snell, who averaged 12.5 points per game for the Mountain West champions as a junior last season, knows he’s expected to add perimeter shooting for the Bulls, as well as maximize his length and athleticism to become a solid defender, a must under Tom Thibodeau.

“Definitely,” Snell said of his ability to grow on the defensive end. “I feel like I’m really good enough to defend anybody, so yeah, I feel really good about that.

“I can see myself being a good catch-and-shooter or coming off the curls and shooting. I really shoot the ball pretty well. I really feel good about shooting the ball,” he continued about his offensive game. “I can bring the ball up a little bit and create, make plays.”

A high-school teammate of San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard at King High School in Riverside, Calif., where the duo won a state championship, Snell takes some inspiration from the continued development of his friend, an emerging star in the NBA.

“Both of us are hard workers. I see how hard he works and what it takes to be a great player,” he explained. “The position he’s in right now, he did a fantastic job and I feel like I can do the same thing.”