Nov. 6, 2013
I STARTED PLAYING BASKETBALL when I was four or five. My dad was in the NBA at the time playing for the Denver Nuggets. He took me with him to some of his games and that’s where I developed a love for basketball.
BEING THE SON OF A FORMER NBA PLAYER IS great. I love it. My dad has a lot of experience that I probably wouldn’t find in many other places. The fact that he’s my dad and is willing to teach me the tricks of the trade is really rewarding.
COACH LEBO IS a great coach. He really focuses on the fundamentals and demands perfection. The number one thing is that he wants us to get better. He’s a great coach.
I DECIDED TO COME TO EAST CAROLINA BECAUSE it felt like home. I was recruited by a lot of other schools, ECU made it feel like home more than anything else. They made it obvious that they wanted me to be part of the basketball team and that I potentially had the chance to play.
THE BIGGEST CHANGE FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL HAS BEEN the level of competition, the speed of the game, the size of the players and almost everything about it is a step above high school. Back in high school I was the tallest player on my team. I come to ECU and I’m playing with Marshall [Guilmette] who’s 6-10 and I can’t push him around like I did my [high school] teammates. I really have to be smarter with the basketball.
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN MY LIFE IS my dad, by far. My dad is the reason why I’m here today. Without him I don’t know where I’d be. He taught me to always work hard at everything you do, even if you don’t get the result you want. The fact that I know that I put everything I had into helps put me at ease even if things don’t work out like I planned.
I WOULD DESCRIBE MY GAME AS aggressive. Everything I do I go hard at. Every time a shot goes up I’m always fighting for the rebounds, every loose ball I’m trying to beat out my man to get on the floor. Everything about me goes hard.
THE BIGGEST ADJUSTMENT TO COLLEGE LIFE HAS BEEN the responsibility. There no one here to tell you that you need to wake up at certain time to be at a certain place. Everything you do is up to you.
THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT BEING AWAY FROM HOME IS not being able to see everybody that’s important to me.
WHEN I’M NOT PLAYING BASKETBALL I LIKE TO watch documentaries. Even though I may not be on the court, I feel that you can always get better. I’ve seen LeBron James’ “More Than a Game” documentary at least 100 times because there’s something I can learn from that.
ONE THING EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ECU BASKETBALL IS that things are going to change around here. ECU is known as a football school, but in a couple of years we’re going to make the basketball program a more important aspect of ECU.
WHEN MY ECU CAREER IS OVER I hope to be in the NBA. That’s my ultimate goal, that’s what I’ve always dreamed about. If that doesn’t happen I hope to use my degree to get a good job.