So there’s some new faces this year on Team Takeover, what’s your thoughts on that?
Oh I love it, playing with VJ and everybody else, everybody is playing well together and any of us can have a game of our lives and anybody can come out and play. Everybody plays together and it’s going to be a good year for us.
What’s your thoughts being a 2017 kid playing up with the 17U Team Takeover group?
It’s completely different than high school basketball. That’s the main reason why I decided to play up was to play the best AAU teams in the country and I felt like I could get better by playing against that level of kids that are better than me.
Playing up in 17U means an increased level of interest from college coaches in you I’m sure, what schools have you noticed making an effort to contact you and watch you play?
Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Miami, NC State, Duke, Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee and some others.
Which schools have communicated to you that you have a firm, committable scholarship offer from them?
Most of them... Arizona, NC State, Miami, Oklahoma State, Texas, Tennessee, Houston, Memphis, Georgetown, there’s some others that I can’t remember.
You mentioned NC State has provided an offer to you—can you shed some light on how the communication has been with them and when things got started with them? They’ve been there ever since the beginning, since my 8th grade year at Christ School. They’ve been watching me ever since.
I really love their program. I talked with their head coach at my open gym.
What kind of feedback have they given you so far?
[Laughing] They ask me when am I going to make that decision. They always say that I continue to develop every time they see me play.
When did NC State extend the formal scholarship offer?
I think the middle of my 8th grade summer, they were one of my first offers to be put on the table, just really blessed.
For guys who get really early offers like that, that can play a big role later on in their recruitment. How do you see that early NC State offer playing in the overall picture of your recruitment?
I can’t let it get to my head, I just gotta stay humble and keep getting better every day. I was honored though to get such an early offer. My dad always makes sure I stay focused.
What programs have you had the opportunity to visit at this point?
Really not that many since my 8th grade year but we are trying to change that in the near future. Basketball has kept us busy.
From a fit perspective in college... what’s a potential good fit for you?
Up tempo style, how many players do they have in the League right now, and what their history is with guys going into the NBA.
I want to be a 2 or 3, kinda scorer. We don’t have a plan right now, just stay focused and enjoy the process.