The times I have seen you play, you seem to pick your times to take over a game. It appears in this semifinal round game against Humphreys County you almost immediately took over the game. You scored 31 points, 16 in the first half and 15 in the second. And your team won 75-41. What was the reason behind that?
"(Velma Jackson head) Coach (Anthony) Carlyle told me before the last game at Jackson State I had to lead the team and really dominate. I pass the ball a lot but he told me in these (playoff) games I have to really attack, finish and do it for my team. That is what I came out and did in the first half and I stayed consistent in the second half."
Something that I continue to notice about you is even if you don't finish at the bucket when you drive to it, you will usually draw a foul and shoot free throws. That is a strong part of your game isn't it?
"Yes sir, I live at the free throw line. Even if I miss a shot and you foul me it is almost like I made the layup because I am going to the free throw line and knock them down. Either way, I am going to make the shot or I am going to draw the foul and go to the free throw line."
The final score was 75-14. Did you expect that your team would dominate them in such a way?
"No, we really didn't. We heard that they were a pretty good team. Coach Carlyle told us that they had two big men down low that could really play. So, we practiced a lot of defense in the last three practices that we had. And I really thought it was going to be a close game. But we pressed them and they really gave us the ball and helped us open up the lead."
You look like you are playing at your best right now. In your last six games you are averaging 24 points per game. Do you agree with that statement?
"I feel like I am at my best right now. If I can get my jumper to fall, then I will really be at my best."
You play Aberdeen Friday at 4 pm. Do you know much about them?
"I don't. We will probably find out about them (Wednesday) at practice."
Did you keep up with your future team, Mississippi State, this season?
"Yes, I kept up with them all year. I just came back Saturday from watching them when they played Missouri in Starkville on Senior Night. They played really well."
Do you feel they are close to being a winner?
"Yeah, they are right there. If they can get over the hump, they will be ok. And I really think I can help them get over the hump. I am excited about going there."
Does your recruiting coach, George Brooks, talk to you?
"Every day. He talks to me about coming in and scoring for them, with me and Craig (Sword) on the wings. I think Craig made second-team All-SEC. Hopefully, I can be on that (All-SEC) team with him next year."
When Sword first came to Mississippi State he was a great athlete but didn't shoot the three very well. The coaches at MSU have really developed his three-point shooting. Do you feel that is something that they will be able to do for you as well?
"Yeah, I really hope so. I need to gain a little weight and put on some more muscle. If I can get to 200 before the season starts I think I can really do well."
Will you be coming to MSU during the summer?
"I am shooting to come in during June. I am excited about it."
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