For those that missed the audio of this interview on this morning's show, it will be replayed next week with a few additional minutes (the content of which will be covered in part 2 of this story). The first two Michigan Insiders Radio Hours should be posted on the site this week.
Your last high school game…how did it feel?
“It felt real good. Had to go out with a bang I guess. Got the victory, and played pretty well.”
So you felt pretty good out there?
“Yeah, I felt good out there…comfortable. I played with these guys a lot before.”
So what was it like being out there with Coach White and Joe for the last time in an official capacity?
“It’s going to be something that I remember for the rest of my life, just like the whole Renaissance run. It was just another great opportunity…another great experience.”
So, you got a chance to talk with Michael Jordan. Was this your first time meeting him?
“Yes it was. I was just kind of in awe, his whole aura just everything about the guy. He is probably the smoothest guy I ever met.”
Did he give you any personal advice?
“(laughing) Just to go to North Carolina for a visit.”
As a player that has the championships, been to the All-star games, and had these experiences, what do you take away from all of this?
“It just another great experience to play with the best players in the country. These are players that I am going to see probably, for the rest of my basketball career. So I think it is just another great opportunity.”
You are one of the few players that still has his decision up in the air. Do you plan on taking any more visits?
“I think I will take a couple more visits.”
Do you know where, to which schools?
If you were to take those visits, when would they come?
“Hopefully, this coming weekend to Oregon and following that, probably Oklahoma. I’m going to get them out of the way as quick as possible.”
From your past list, you talked about eliminating some schools. Have you done that yet?
“No, I haven’t.”
So ultimately, in the end what is it that you are looking for? You have been to most of the schools, talked to most of the coaches. What are you considering?
“The same things that I have been considering during the whole process. Where I fit in best, where I will be most comfortable, and where I think I will be able to develop constantly.”
How did it make you feel to go visit the kids in the hospital?
“Oh, it was a great experience. To see the smiles on the kids’ faces..it was just great. I happen to meet another kid named Malik, so we hit it off. Got a chance to play with him a little bit.”
So there was a kid named Malik there?
“Yeah, it was kind of ironic. I heard him coming down the hall, and I heard someone say, “hey Malik.” I went to look and they weren’t talking to me. So I guess I was the first one to go over there and sign his hat. It made me feel great.”
Are you still thinking about Michigan?
“Michigan is still somewhat in the recruitment.”
What happened with Joe Crawford and his commitment, then de-commitment to Michigan?
“He figured that was the best situation for him. That’s all I can really say. Joe figured that Kentucky was a better fit for his game.”
When are you going to make your decision?
“As soon as I take these last couple of visits.”
Is the NBA an option?
“No, I am going to go to school.”
So do you think some time in mid May?
“I think it will be before May. I think it will be at the end of April.”
What does it mean to you to be able to play in this game?
“It’s a great honor and a tremendous blessing. I’m just happy to be here, and happy to be a part of the game. I was happy to hang out with the fellas, and most of all happy to meet Michael.”
I was able to take Malik aside for a couple of more minutes after the pool of reporters dispersed. He briefly addressed the positive attributes of each school in the brief 1 on 1 interview. Check back for the recap of that conversation later in part 2 of this story.