I kind of expected it a little bit, but recruiting is weird when you’re expecting things. Sometimes you expect something and don’t get it, and sometimes it comes when you weren’t expecting it. So I just try to go in with an open mind. I was excited when he offered. It was a real quick meeting. We actually got there at about 9:30 p.m. and I was in there for like five minutes. After that, I went to play. My parents talked to him (Coach Williams) a lot longer, for probably about 30 minutes. They had questions about academics, campus life and those kind of things.
He (Coach Williams) said he likes having long, versatile bigs. He said he sees me running the floor and playing the four, kind of as an inside-out or stretch big. He said that he needs three bigs in my class (2016).
How are you feeling after getting offers from both Kentucky and UNC over the weekend?
It’s been a really exciting weekend. I got those two offers like you said, and then I got an invitation to the NBPA Top 100 camp, and I’m headed there on Tuesday. It’s kind of surreal. I was talking to my parents about where I was a year ago today. At midnight coaches were able to call players from the class of 2016 and the only call I got was from Hampton. A year later, I’ve got offers from Kentucky and UNC. It’s really exciting and fun and I want to keep getting better. I’m enjoying the process.
You’ve been to UNC three times in this past week to play pickup. What have those games been like?
It’s been really fun. It’s kind of hard to find good run in the area right now. I’ve been trying to find run all over the place. It’s fun to go over there (Smith Center) and get good competition against some high-level college bigs. Today, me and “Bam” (2016 offered forward Edrice Adebayo) were checking each other so that was a good run.
It’s been mostly the current team playing in the games. Kendall Marshall has been there, but he’s just watching because he’s hurt. Marcus Ginyard played some and Marcus Paige is there too, but he didn’t play.
Does North Carolina have any advantage because your family lives in Chapel Hill?
I think there are advantages and disadvantages for North Carolina. It’s close enough that my parents could come see every game and I know the area. If I get hungry I could go home and get a meal. But, there are some disadvantages of staying in the same city. Being so close to home could be nice, but being walking distance from my house in college would be different.
But, that’s not really an issue for me. It’s more about fit. If the school was in Alaska but a perfect it, I’d go there. If it was in my neighborhood and a perfect it, I’d go there.
How will this decision process differ from your first?
I want to take my visits and explore my options. The main reason I decommitted was to make sure I didn’t miss out on anything by committing early. I just want to take my visits and a find a school that I think will be a good fit for me.