How do you feel the camp is going for you so far?
“It’s fun minus all of the lectures. The competition is pretty good.”
You are doing a really good job of getting other players involved. Is that something you are concentrating on?
“I’m just playing my normal game. Anyone that knows basketball knows that it is not just about points. It’s also about doing the little things besides scoring. I’m not going to change my game just because I’m here.”
What was your initial reaction to being invited to the camp?
“I was surprised. I really didn’t think I was going to get it. But I was happy that they invited me. I figured a lot of it was politics and I’ve been kind of quiet since I haven’t played for a while.”
Do you feel you have something to prove?
“You always have something to prove. You want to show everyone that you’re one of the better players around. At the same time, I’m not going to go out and force shots and make myself look bad. Trying to score 30 points to get a high ranking just isn’t my game. I just play MY game.”
Do you ever pay attention to where you are ranked?
“I really don’t look at rankings. A lot of it is politics, so I don’t get too worried about it. As long as the Michigan coaches are happy and the people that are really close to me are happy, that is all that matters.”
“I’ve tried to talk with Tom, but he is quiet about it. He really keeps it close to the vest with him and his family. They really don’t let anyone else into that circle. I’m rooming with Matt, so I’ve talked to him. I think it will be between Michigan and Georgia Tech. He is a great guy and I hope he comes to Michigan.”
I know you left the Michigan Mustangs recently. What was the reasoning behind choosing the Cleveland basketball club as your new team?
“I’m really tight Coach Duncan. He has been asking me to play for him for a couple of years. He is really close with Odis Bellinger (his former coach with the Michigan Mustangs) and if Odis trusts him, then I trust him. Odis and I are really tight. I figured I’d give them a go.”
I hear you had success on the track during the spring.
“Yeah, I made all-state in a couple of events...the 4x800 and the 4x200. I definitely think it has helped my conditioning.”
How did your high school team do in the Izzo shootout last weekend?
“We went like 2-2 in the tournament and we were missing a few of our key guys. There was nothing we could really do about that. When we played Belleville, Leon Freeman had like 25 and I had like 23 with quite a few rebounds and assists. It was a good game. You really can’t ask for much more. It was a good battle.”
Can next year’s Grand Blanc team be as good as the one from last season?
“I think that once everyone gels together, we’ll be pretty good. We have a few new guys from Flint coming in and we have a kid moving up from JV. Once we all mesh, we could possibly be better than we were last year.”
What do you feel you need to improve on to make sure that happens?
“I have to get more consistent from the three-point and free throw lines.”