Why NC State?
I felt like it was the best fit for me and my family. I could see myself at all three of the schools that I had narrowed it down to, but I felt like State had everything I was looking for.
What were some factors in your decision?
Basketball-wise I think we can be really good. I feel like with all the young guys we can be really good this year, and hopefully next year when I get to play we can be even better.
Academically, all of my hours will transfer over from West Virginia, and that's great. I don't have to re-take any classes, and I can come in right away and keep progressing towards my degree.
Did any one factor weigh more than the others?
No, it was a combination of a bunch of factors.
When did you finalize your decision?
[Laughing] About 10 minutes ago.
How did the coaches react when you informed them of your decision?
He was excited, they were excited, but I'm really excited.
I'm ready to get things started. I'm ready to get in the gym with my teammates.
Have you told the other schools of your decision?
I haven't had a chance to just yet.
You took your official visit this weekend. Previously you said your dad had moved to Maryland but your mom still lived in Raleigh. Did you go to Maryland after your trip or stay in Raleigh?
I stayed here in Raleigh.
Given the timing of your decision, will you be able to enroll in summer school?
Yes, I'll be in summer school.
You are close friends with T.J. Warren and said you've been talking with him. Did he play a role in your decision?
He was a factor because he's been there, played well, and loved his time there. He was able to talk to me and told me that the guys there are really good.
But, it wasn't a big factor. I talked to other guys too, like Ralston and Trevor who sat out like I'm going to do. That played a role too.
What do you plan on doing while you sit out?
I want to expand my game. I want to use what I've learned at West Virginia, but I also want to get better... have a more complete game.
What do you think it will be like to play in your hometown in front of your friends?
It's going to be really cool. I'm looking forward to that.
Now that you have made your decision, are you relieved that it's over?
It's a big relief. It's been an emotional process. I had great relationship with all schools.
I'm glad to get it over with and even more excited to be able to get to work. I want to get into the best shape that I can and help State win a championship.
I want to do all I can to make this program better.