Nov. 6, 2013
I WAS RAISED in Charleston, S.C. I lived there from the time I was born until sixth grade. Then I moved to Raleigh and lived there through high school.
I STARTED PLAYING BASKETBALL when I was three. My dad coached my older brother’s basketball team and he always let me sit on the bench with the guys. One game my brother’s team was up by a good amount and my brother gave me his jersey and my dad put me in the game. I was a huge kid so nobody really noticed. I went in and from that point I fell in love with the game.
MY FAMILY IS everything to me. I have the best parents that anyone can ever ask for. They are the sole reason why I am the person I am today. I also have older brother and a baby sister that mean the world to me. My family has been very supportive of everything I have done my whole life, and nothing means more to me than my family does.
PLAYING BASKETBALL AS A KID was way easier than it is now. I was always bigger and stronger than everyone else and now it’s the exact opposite. One day I will have to guard Prince [Williams] that can run like a gazelle and jump out of the gym, and the next day I’m stuck in the post guarding the Marshall [Guilmette].
WHEN I FIRST MET COACH LEBO I finally understand why everyone loved him so much. He is a complete stud. When I was given the opportunity to be apart of the men’s basketball team here at ECU everyone always had great things to say about Coach Lebo. After playing for him for the past year I realized how blessed we are here to have the amazing coaching staff that we have here. They really care about each person and their performance off the court more than on it. He has taught me many lessons on and off the court that will be useful in the future.
I'LL NEVER FORGET the feeling when we won the CIT. When Akeem launched the last second shot we all knew that it was good. After having to guard him in practice, I knew with the game on the line he wasn’t going to miss that shot. The feeling of being a champion is like none other. Nothing makes winning better than doing it with all your brothers that you worked so hard with for so long. That moment is definitely one I will never forget.
ECU BASKETBALL IS a strong program that is on the rise. We have some great young players and the best coaching staff in the country. It is so awesome to be apart of it.
BEING AN ECU PIRATE IS awesome. There is absolutely nothing better than being apart of the best University in the country. The fan base here is unbelievable. They are so loyal and supportive of all sports and academics, and it is an honor to be able to be apart of something so big.
BEING A WALK-ON IS very humbling. It really makes you put yourself behind the team at all times. The role of a walk-on is to push your team as hard as you can to make them reach their maximum potential, and that’s what I plan to do for the next three years.
THE BEST PART OF MY GAME IS my decision making. In high school I was a straight scorer. Here I am just a role player that has to figure out different ways to help my team, depending on the circumstances. Overall I would consider myself to be a smart player that never tries to do too much on the court.
PLAYING COLLEGE BASKETBALL IS a dream come true. Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of being a college basketball player. I worked as hard as I could to have the opportunity and it is a blessing every time I get to suit up.
I'VE LEARNED THAT playing basketball in college is way different then high school. The competition is better, but the amount of work you have to put in is on an entire different level in college. Here it’s like a full-time job opposed to high school when you had the option of taking basketball seriously or just playing for fun. My high school coaches did a great job helping me transition from high school and college.
MY DREAM HIGHLIGHT IS has to be dunking from the free throw line. I have done it a couple times in my sleep but never had the chance to do it in a real game.
NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW THIS ABOUT ME, BUT I am obsessed with dogs. Unfortunately my family always gives them away before they get older because they don’t want to deal with the puppy stage. When I am older I will probably have at least five.
IT WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL SEASON IF we win the conference and make another postseason tournament. I feel like we have all the tools that a team needs to make a late season run. We have a few key returners along with a lot of young talent that will grow as the season goes on. We also have an amazing coaching staff that pushes us everyday in practice to help us maximize our full potential. As long as we stay healthy and continue to get better, we can be a contender for the conference title.