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.

Inside Carolina Top Stories