McD 2002: Quotes from Felton, May and McCants

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday afternoon, <i>IC</i>'s David Thompson caught up with Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants to see how their week in New York City was going thus far.

Raymond Felton

How's the rooming situation with Jason Fraser?

"We knew each other from the summer – we became close friends, so we basically just kick it, really."

What's the thing you've most enjoyed since you've been in NYC?

"Just laughing and having fun with the fellows. That's probably one of the best things. And just practice and everything."

What does it mean to you to be at this game?

"It means a lot to me. It's one of my ultimate goals. It's one of my dreams. It means a lot to my family. My family, they're grateful. I'm grateful. I thank God for that. That's all I can say."

Sean May

How's the rooming situation going?

"It's all right. Shav, we just sit and talk a little bit. It means a lot more to the fans than to us. Right now, we really don't have a rivalry right now. We're just two kids on an All-American team. But, in the future, I don't think there will be too much talking going on. We're on the same team so we got to get a little chemistry going but not too much, though."

What's been fun to you here in NYC?

"Everything, really. Just hanging out with all the guys and having a good time. It's a great experience – one I'll never forget."

How do you feel about being here?

"It's a great accomplishment. It's a goal I set and I achieved and my family, they're all proud of me and for how hard I've worked. It's great for my family."

Indiana's loss last night was a tough game. Have you talked to your brother, Scottie, about it?

"Maryland is in the ACC and Indiana is in the Big Ten and is near where I live and so I was kind of pulling for Indiana. Just for the fact that I know the guys. I can understand how hurt they feel when they lost, but they made a great run and they've got to keep their heads high."

Did you get to talk to your brother?

"I didn't call him. I chose not to. My dad said he talked to him and he was a little upset about it. And it goes sometimes like that. They played hard and they had a great year."

Rashad McCants

What does it mean to you and to your family to be here?

"I'm having a real good time. It's a great accomplishment. It's been a goal since I was a little kid – I always wanted to make this team. It's a great accomplishment. To my family, I think it just means that I really set my goals real high and I did them high and they congratulate me."

About his roommate, JJ Redick, and what they have to talk about:

"Whether it was on purpose or not, I guess he moved in with his Duke friends, so I'm by myself right now in my room. He moved out and I'm just by myself."

About when he'll get to the UNC campus:

"About June 21st or 22nd."

Rashad, what were you thinking as you were watching yourself during Slam Jam on the Jumbo Tron in Times Square just now?

"Should've been another dunk! I wasn't nervous. I was just out there having fun. I wasn't out there to win or anything. It was a fun time. Everybody was having fun."

Rashad's father, James McCants' comments on seeing him on the Jumbo Tron for the Slam Jam:

"What an experience. I always thought he could be up there and do this. He's worked hard and he's been doing this for a long, long time. I thought he was going to do a lot better than what he did [chuckling]. He held back, I think. I think he could've done a lot better dunk than what he did. He still came out overall pretty good."


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