Rashad McCants Journal

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. -- <i>Inside Carolina</i> caught up with Tar Heel signee Rashad McCants for a midseason update from his prep school in New Hampshire.

Q: What's the difference between this year's Rashad McCants and last year's?

A: I've really picked up my defense every game and am getting better and better. We have a good team this year and I really don't have to do much at all for the team to win. I can just do the things that the team lacks in – like taking charges, steals and making good passes. I really don't have to do as much scoring. It's an adjustment and I'm not used to it quite yet.

Q: What's your take on the UNC start this season?

A: Raymond and I sat down (last week at the Fort Union Invitational) and watched the game. It's frustrating and really disappointing. But I like Melvin Scott a lot.

Q: What else did you and Raymond talk about?

A: We just said that it's basically going to be a different story next year – we're going to turn the program around and give them something new. Jawad's talented and he's just adjusting right now to the college game.

Q: What do those guys need right now?

A: They need a leader right now. I haven't seen anyone take charges and bring the team up. Things that fire the team up the way Duke does. That's why Duke is so good.

Q: What are your goals for this year?

A: Right now I'm just taking it day by day. I'm just getting my scores down and my application in. I'm just trying to get better and better on the court.

Q: What's your take on Damion Grant?

A: He's good, but he's not the type of guy who's going to make much of an impact right away at the next level. He's very athletic and has good hand-eye coordination, though. He's tough enough and big enough to handle the ACC, but he just needs to polish up a bit.

Q: How often do you check the Inside Carolina site?

A: Daily.

Q: Anything you want to say to all the diehards who read the site?

A: Just keep your heads up, because the sky's the limit. The 2002 class is going to turn things around. With the three of us, there are no excuses.


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