How have you been since the injury?>
"It's been an emotional ride. When they first informed me that I tore my ACL, I was pretty devastated. I didn't really want to talk to anybody or hear anything from anyone. But since then, the support of family and friends and the fans – they've all talked to me and sent me letters, so now I have better spirits about it and now I'm just looking at it as an opportunity to get my entire body ready for next year."
Did you think it was an ACL injury when you went down?
"When it first happened, it was pretty painful. I didn't know what had happened. I had never felt that before – my knee had never moved in that way before. But then I calmed down a little bit and was able to put pressure on it and walked off the court, and I was like, ‘Okay, maybe I just extended my knee or something and hopefully I can play,' but then the doctor checked me in the training room and moved my knee. He just held it and moved and said, ‘Has your knee ever moved like that before?' and I said, ‘No.' Then he said, ‘I think you tore your ACL.' It was crushing to hear that."
Do you know N.C. State's Farnold Degand, who suffered the same injury?
"No – [I've] never met him. Maybe I'll talk to him on Saturday and we can do rehab together, I guess."
On his surgery:
"I'm doing it here with Dr. [Alex] Creighton, who works with the baseball team. I met with him and really liked him, so it's going to be done around noon on Monday."
Did you feel like a marked man as a highly-touted freshman?
"Not necessarily as a freshman. I think it takes a while to earn respect in the ACC. I think it took a while to get there. As a freshman, I'm not sure that a lot of people knew about me, but towards the end of the season, they knew. Early on, [N.C. State's J.J. Hickson] has established himself as a pretty good player and he'll get that respect."
On the intensity of the UNC-State rivalry:
"I feel like they are a big rival, with it being two in-state schools. [The two programs] have always gone back-and-forth at it. I can feel the extra atmosphere – it's going to be crazy here tomorrow."
On if he expects Coach Williams to show up on Saturday with a Carolina blue blazer:
"I don't know. These blazers, they've really gotten (shaking his head)… every coach has one now, to be honest with you. I remember going to Clemson and [seeing] the bright orange blazer. Bruce Weber at Illinois has one and Tennessee's coach has one. You see all this deal being made about these blazers. I mean, a blazer is a blazer. Just a lot of school spirit involved, I guess."