It has been a long season for Andrew Lawrence but his patience may soon be rewarded.
"It's quite a hard thing to hear when you have played every day since you were 16 and then nothing for a year. It's quite a shock."
The 24-year-old has been forced to watch from the sidelines this term as his contemporaries reach new heights in leagues all over the world.
Following his graduation from the College of Charleston in 2013, the promising point guard had been enjoying a fruitful first professional season with Croatian club KK Zadar of the Adriatic League, until injury struck.
In June last year, just a few games before the end of the season - and immediately before Great Britain Senior Men's EuroBasket qualification campaign - Lawrence tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
"I think there were four or five games left, and I just landed and someone impacted my knee so my knee went one way and my body went the other, and I knew something just wasn't right," said the Surrey native.
Lawrence found the right approach in dealing with such a set-back, however.
A month-and-a-half on crutches, six weeks in a knee brace and countless rehab sessions and basic exercises would no doubt take their toll on most.
But GB's youngest player at the London 2012 Olympic Games demonstrated maturity beyond his years in tackling each challenge head-on and finding positive ways to channel his sporting passion.
"Mentally, I wasn't that bad, I know a lot of people get very down when they are injured but I am quite a positive person," revealed Lawrence.
"Fortunately I had a good support system around me, family, friends.
"I knew it was going to be potentially a whole year out of playing basketball professionally, which is quite a big deal, especially at 24 years old.
"It's quite a hard thing to hear when you have played every day since you were 16 and then nothing for a year. It's quite a shock.
"I feel like I have dealt with it well.
"I learned that I am a very patient guy.
"I didn't really have any 'down days', I was quite positive about it all the way.
"It was interesting for me to keep up with my friends and almost live through them playing basketball and doing so well, a few of my friends play football professionally so it was quite cool living through that."
Lawrence's initial prognosis had been a six-month lay-off before he could resume playing, but it was decided to wait until the nine-month mark.
The point guard's sense of appreciation for the fact he could continue playing at all perhaps influenced his patience and positivity throughout the process, while his father - former British Basketball League player Renaldo Lawrence - certainly did.
"I felt fortunate that it wasn't 'you'll never play again'," added Lawrence junior.
"With a year out, you can come back stronger so I was always very positive.
"Luckily my family was around me too. My dad has got a good attitude when it comes to things like that. He's pretty tough, so he's not sitting around feeling sorry for himself and that's the attitude I wanted to have, 'don't feel sorry for yourself, get on with it'.
"I get the positive and strong mindset from him.
"I try to live by the motto that 'nothing is ever too bad' so you never get too high or too low."
Having been given the all-clear to begin practicing again, Lawrence is back out on court, shooting and dribbling every day - as well as coaching at kids' camps - and hoping to take part in full-contact practices next month.
Providing an extra push on his road to recovery have been his international team-mates, as well as coach Joe Prunty and national teams director Warwick Cann.
Prunty placed a lot of faith in Lawrence during GB's EuroBasket 2013 campaign, and would no doubt count himself among those who cannot wait to see the point guard's patience repaid.
"I keep in contact with all the players, they reached out to me and passed on well wishes, but also the coaching staff," said Lawrence.
"Coach Prunty has been in touch regularly throughout the process as well as Warwick, which is good because it is nice to hear from those guys and that they want me back on the court as quick as possible.
"It gives me that extra bit of 'oomph' to get me back because I am not just doing it for myself in terms of getting back professionally, I'm going to get back and play for Great Britain, my country, and it doesn't get much better than playing for your country."