Jan. 12, 2014
You are from Minnesota and attended Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Explain your journey from there to enrolling at NC State.
I did a lot of unofficial visits. I only went to one official visit, to NC State. And I committed. I had other visits lined up, but I didn't go because I knew in my heart this was the place for me. The people around here, the coaching staff, my team and the support Raleigh has for NC State basketball were all huge parts. I was at a football game when they played The Citadel, and it was packed. I knew right there that State has so much support.
After your first semester as a college student, what are some of the things you most enjoy on campus and in the classroom?
I like the diversity we have here. I see all kinds of different people and all kinds of different majors. It's great. I liked my classes. I took food science, and that was different for me. It was cool to learn things like that in the first semester. This semester, I'm taking sports management so I'm excited about that.
What have been your favorite moments with the team so far?
We had our seven-game winning streak and seeing our progression as a team. Individually, I've learned from not just the downs, but the ups too. I'm learning how to play the college game, so I'm going to continue to get better. As a team, we are coming together on and off the court. We are going to keep getting better and better. We believe in ourselves, and that's the main thing.
You came in with two other freshmen post players, Lennard Freeman and BeeJay Anya. How has that experience been all learning and playing together?
What do you enjoy doing off the court?
It's been really cool. We go back to College Inn and talk about the things we learn every day. We talk about how different and how much harder playing in college is than high school. But in the future, we think about how good the three of us can be together. Lennard is one of the best rebounders I've seen, I bring different things offensively and defensively and BeeJay has shot-blocking ability. Personally, it's been a great learning experience for me.
I like enjoying myself and enjoying our campus. I like talking to my friends and family. I love when my family is down here. But I'm always working on my craft though. That's been my calling card, getting in the gym and working. Some players are just naturals. I'm really not. I need to keep working word so I can get better and better.