Nov. 4, 2013
I WAS RAISED IN Raleigh, N.C. Growing up there was tough, but at the same time it was a really nice environment. I wouldn't have wanted to have grown up any other place.
I STARTED PLAYING BASKETBALL when I was nine years old, watching my brother and his friends play. They wouldn't let play with them because I was too young, but as I got older I started to watch a lot on TV, started to go out and play and work on my game as well.
WHEN I PLAYED BASKETBALL AS A KID I always looked up to Raymond Felton at North Carolina. There was something about his game that really attracted me to the game. I just wanted to play like him.
MY FAMILY is the reason why I play basketball today. They really pushed me. They saw something in me and knew that I could be a good basketball player. I kept pushing for them and hopefully one day I can make money playing this game and provide for them.
WHEN I FIRST MET COACH LEBO I was very nervous, but he made me feel comfortable. Now I feel like I can talk to him about anything on or off the court.
I DECIDED TO COME TO ECU because it was close to home and one of my best friends, Brock Young, was playing here. He showed me a lot of good things about the school. Ever since then I've been in love with it.
THE ONE THING THAT I LEARNED FROM MY FRESHMAN YEAR THAT IS REALLY GOING TO HELP ME THIS YEAR is that you have to pay attention to detail. Defense is also very important at the collegiate level. You're not going to get in the flow unless you have those two down pat.
THE BIGGEST PART OF MY GAME THAT I WORKED ON OVER THE SUMMER WAS shooting, specifically 3-pointers and mid-range pull-up shots. Those are two areas that I really focused on over the summer. I worked on everything as well, but those were the two things that were my main focus coming into the season.
I'LL NEVER FORGET winning the CIT championship and coming back to the airport and seeing all fans there. It makes us hungrier to build a tradition of winning and winning championships at ECU.
PLAYING IN MINGES COLISEUM is crazy. The fans are really, really loud and into the game. They get us going. It's very exciting playing in front of them.
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN MY LIFE HAS BEEN my dad. He's everything to me. He's been there for me through the ups and downs. I really can't explain how much he's done for me, pushing me to be great. I can't wait until that day comes and I get to see him have no worries in life.
THE ONE THING EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ECU BASKETBALL is that we're very family-oriented. Our personalities are really starting to come out and we're becoming more like brothers. Being like that off the court is going to help us on the court with the chemistry.