Rodney Purvis: You know, it was mostly just my friends and some teammates who asked me if I had one, and said I should get one. I just put out stuff about myself that's going to show people who I am as a person. It's fun, I like it.
Being such a high major prospect comes with a lot of media attention and scrutiny. How are you dealing with that at such a young age?
I just try to be myself and keep things in perspective. My mom and my AAU Coach, Coach Edwards, really help me a lot. I have to give a lot of credit to my mom. She keeps me level headed and she keeps it real with me. She doesn't tell me what I want to hear, she tells me what's important. She's just really direct and to the point, she tells me the truth.
You mentioned Coach Edwards' influence on you. Can you elaborate on that?
With Coach Edwards, we go way back. He used to coach me when I was with D 1 Sports' AAU and then, when I got cut from D1, I would work out with Coach Edwards a lot. Ballhandling, shooting, you name it. I started having a big chip on my shoulder during that time to really get better, because I didn't even know if I was going to be good enough to play for Coach Edwards once CP3 All Stars starting coming together. He's a father figure to me and he's done so much more than help me get my name out as a player, he's taught me about how to be a better player and always work hard as a player and person.
How is he helping you with the recruiting process?
Well, to be honest, they are really teaching me how to handle things on my own. In a lot of ways because, at the end of the day, I'm the one who it's most important to have a relationship with the coaches, because after all, I'm going to be the person who is going to be going to college and playing for whatever coach and team I decide I want to go to.
So do you make a big effort to talk with the coaches on your own?
Yes sir, I do. I talk fairly regularly with Coach Battle from Wake Forest, Coach James from Duke, Coach O(Antigua) from Kentucky, Coach Knight from Xavier and some of the asst coaches from Louisville.
You have a relationship with John Wall, what are your thoughts on him and his advice to you since he was in your position recently.
It's really like a big brother little brother type relationship. John is such a genuine guy with me. He's taught me a lot about being mentally tough, and he's given me a lot of advice on how to work hard and make the most of the gifts that God has blessed me with.
He's actually told me that he thinks I can be better than he is right now because I'm way more talented than he was when he was my age, plus he says that I'm exposed to some really good coaching so I have no excuse to not work hard and keep getting better.
Some recruiting types have compared you to Wall as well as Dwayne Wade. Do those comparisons add pressure, and do they even fit in your opinion?
Well, to be honest, it's an honor, but it's something I try not to pay too much attention to. I mean, we're talking about two guys that are in the NBA, and with D Wade, we're talking about a guy who has won an NBA Championship and a gold medal in the Olympics being compared to a guy like myself who is just a sophomore in high school who hasn't accomplished anything yet. It's flattering to be sure, and I appreciate that people think highly of me, but at the end of the day, I'm going to keep working hard to just be the best player that I can be.
Sounds like you watch a lot of basketball, who do you make an effort to watch both now and growing up?
Well, I was actually a huge North Carolina fan growing up. I just liked watching them and the way they played as a team, but now, I watch a lot of different teams and guys.
Now that you're being recruited, what do you watch for when you watch teams?
Well, I definitely look at how they use their guards. I really try to do my own background checks into the guards that teams had and how they used them. I'm also going to be watching a lot of the teams in my area this year because they all have guys on the teams that are former teammates of mine. Like I'm going to be watching UNC because they got Reggie Bullock on their team, I'll be watching Wake Forest because JT Terrell and Melvin Tabb are playing for them, I'll be watching NC State because CJ Leslie is a former teammate and I'm for sure going to watching Duke because I'm a huge Kyrie Irving fan. I've followed him since going into his senior year. He's just an amazing player, and when I got a chance to watch him play at the NC Pro Am, I was just like, wow, that dude is amazing.
Did you watch Team USA at all over the last four years?
Oh yes, I watched them a lot. It was really amazing to me watching how Coach K got all those superstars on the same page as a team to win the gold medal. It takes a really great coach to do something that I like, and I learned a lot in watching how he coached the team.
You had a chance to meet him last week didn't you? What were your impressions?
Oh my goodness, meeting Coach K was just awesome. Growing up I didn't really know who he was. I just knew that Duke was this great team who won a lot of games and championships. Getting a chance to meet him, we were in his office, me, Coach K, the whole coaching staff was in there, I had to admit, I was just really nervous anytime he asked me a question about myself. I mean, I was real starstruck just knowing that I'm in Coach K's office, talking with Coach K. I mean, he's won so many games, and he's coached so many big-time players. He just stressed the importance of what Duke has to offer as a school to players like me, and he left a great impression on both myself and my mom. Coach K was the first Head Coach that we've sat down with and my mom feels really comfortable with Coach K.
Are you going to Midnight Madness anywhere?
I am planning on attending Duke's Countdown to Craziness coming up here real soon. I confirmed that with Coach James a couple weeks ago and I'm really looking forward to it. I've been talking with guys like Quincy Miller and Rasheed Sulaimon and Quinn Cook and TJ Warren, we're all real excited to be there, it's going to be really live, lot of fun.
I didn't know you were friends with Quincy, how long have you guys known each other?
Oh yeah, me and Quincy have known each for a couple of years. I text a lot with him and Quinn Cook. Quincy even told me the other day that he's for sure coming to Countdown to Craziness, and we're really looking forward to it. Quincy's a great guy. Really good dude with a good heart, we've been good friends and will continue to be.
Last question----are you going to extend things out for awhile when it comes to your recruiting or do you want to wrap it up quickly?
Well, if I'm fortunate enough to make it the McDonald's game, I'd like to make the decision around that time. I really need to evaluate a lot of schools, want to make sure I make the right decision for me with a lot of good info. I'm going to want to visit schools multiple times so I can really see each school for who they are, that's really important to me. It's just such a crazy, "wow", type experience to have all these great schools recruiting me. I'm just really thankful to have so many great schools who use their guards in such great ways, I'm definitely going to be watching them over the next couple of years.