AAUs: Raymond Felton Interview

GREENSBORO -- <i>Inside Carolina</i>'s J.B. Cissell caught up with Raymond Felton at the N.C. 19-under AAU Championships.

How does it feel to be back in North Carolina?

"It's great -- to get a little run in, to get a little sweat, and play with these guys right here. It's all good."

Have you had a chance to talk to any of the North Carolina coaches?

"I talked to all of them but Coach Doherty because he was out of town."

What does it mean to have Coach Ford as one of the assistant coaches for the Gaters?

"That's great. That's the man. That's a legend right there, so I feel good. I'm trying to learn some things from him. Once I get up here, I'll get a chance to talk to him by himself and learn the in's and out's of the game. Then I'll be all right."

I spoke to him and we talked about player comparisons. I said that you had been compared to him. He said that it was an honor to be compared to you.

"I think it's an honor to be compared to him. That's one of the greatest point guards there is – especially at North Carolina."

Even though he was one of the greatest in ACC history, he had some struggles early on. What has he told you about coming in and performing with all of the expectations?

"He just told me not to come in and believe everything everyone says about me coming in, being a savior. I'm not God. I can't be a savior. I just want to come in and work hard and try to bring the program back, and I need help from my teammates. I can't do it all by myself."

Rashad called Matt and asked if he could be a leader on next year's team, even though he'll only be a freshman. The two of you seemed to really be leading and calling the shots during the breaks in action at the McDonald's game. What kind of a leadership role will you two play?

"I just want to be a floor general – someone to get my teammates in the right position to make plays."

When do you go to Chapel Hill?

"June 23rd."


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