Nov. 6, 2013
I STARTED PLAYING [ORGANIZED] BASKETBALL when I was six years old. I was a year under the age requirement but they went ahead and let me play because I was pretty good for my age.
MY FAMILY is one close knit group. We’re a pretty big family and we do just about everything together. It wouldn’t surprise me to see six or seven of them here at a time at just about every game.
COACH LEBO is my guy. He’s a fiery guy, but I love him.
I DECIDED TO COME TO ECU BECAUSE the Pirates are on the upswing. They have a lot of great things going here and the people here are great as well. I developed a great relationship with coach Lebo and coach Perry over the summer. They seemed to be the most sincere group of coaches I came across.
NOBODY KNOWS THAT I like to watch cartoons. I’m big on SpongeBob and the Avatar [The Last Airbender]. My favorite movie is the Lion King.
THE BIGGEST CHANGE FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL HAS BEEN the speed. It sounds cliché but it’s true. In high school it seems like people play really hard in spurts. What I’ve noticed in college is that you have to be in really good shape because they go hard 24/7 and if you take plays off you’ll get utterly embarrassed.
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN MY LIFE IS my mother. My mom is definitely my rock. She has been there from day one, doing everything she can for me.
WHEN I PLAYED BASKETBALL AS A KID I was just out there having fun. I was pretty good, but back then it was just all about having. I really had fun playing basketball.
I WOULD DESCRIBE MY GAME AS versatile. I can mix it up, shoot the 3-ball, put it on the floor and even post up a little bit. I think my ball handling is pretty good.
THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT BEING AWAY FROM HOME IS being away from my mom and little brother. I lived with two those, so they are really important to me. My little brother is seven and really looks up to me. He tries to do everything I do. The hardest part is not being able to be right there and be a role model for him. When I’m at home he’s right up under me. When I go to the gym, he’s right there watching me, trying to duplicate everything I do.
WHEN I’M NOT PLAYING BASKETBALL I LIKE hanging out with the other freshmen on the team. We’re a really close group. Even when we’re not doing things related to basketball we’re always together whether it’s laughing and hanging out or just watching TV we’re just always together.
ONE THING EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ECU BASKETBALL IS that we’re definitely a family. We’re all looking out for each other. There isn’t any selfishness on the team and we’re a really close group of guys. We're also really competitive.
WHEN MY ECU CAREER IS OVER I just want to be remembered as great player and a great teammate. I want to leave a great mark on ECU. I want to be the best to ever play at ECU.