Interview with Reyshawn Terry

Junior wing Reyshawn Terry, who has drawn the attention of the UNC staff as of late, spoke to IC correspondent Will Robinson yesterday. Terry will be at the Smith Center on Saturday, as his Winston-Salem (NC) R.J. Reynolds squad faces Fayetteville (NC) Seventy-First in the state's 4A title game at 5 p.m.

Q: Reyshawn, how is preparation going for the state title game?

RT: We're working pretty hard, taking it one day at a time. Getting ready for the state game is a big, big opportunity for me because it's my first time being there and I'm looking forward to having a good game.

Q: It's been kind of a roller-coaster year for you. How difficult has it been to adjust to life at Reynolds, both on the court and off?

RT: Getting over here has been pretty good for me because I've always wanted to be here since my freshman year. Off the court, it's pretty good because I can adapt to the people more here. Everybody's pretty nice.

Q: What about the competition aspect?

RT: The competition is a lot harder over here. Every day you have to come and play your game...every game is do or die.

Q: What position do you feel you're best suited for, and what position do you want to play in college?

RT: Small forward.

Q: What is your true height and weight?

RT: I'm 6-8, 200 pounds.

Q: What do you feel are your biggest strengths on the court?

RT: I'm able to get out in transition. Also, my ability to jump and to post up smaller players down low.

Q: What do you think you need to work on?

RT: My defense and my first step.

Q: Is there any former or current NBA or college player that you like to pattern your game after or compare yourself to?

RT: Scottie Pippen.

Q: Do you have a list of favorite schools at this point?

RT: Clemson, N.C. State, UConn, Maryland, North Carolina, as you know, Tennessee ... there's a lot of them out there.

Q: Do you have a leader among these schools?

RT: I'm still open. I'm looking real hard at Carolina, but anywhere is still open for me at this point.

Q: How much interest has North Carolina shown in you?

RT: They've been coming to my games and watching me play off and on, but they've been looking at me pretty hard.

Q: What do you like best about North Carolina?

RT: I like the coaching staff, I like the school and the atmosphere, and I think I can adapt to everybody up there better.

Q: Has the fact that they struggled this year had any impact on what you think of them?

RT: No, because I think that I could make a difference if I went there. It really doesn't make a difference that they struggled this year.

Q: You're obviously going to get a lot of attention playing in the Dean Dome on Saturday. Would you say that you've gotten more attention as a whole since you transferred to Reynolds?

RT: Oh, a whole lot, a whole lot. Since I've been here, it seemed like a bunch of people have been coming up to me wanting to get to know me better. But I think that, for the most part, everybody's been pretty cool about it.

Will Robinson covers prep sports part-time for the Winston-Salem Journal.

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