NC E-W: Justin Watts Q&A

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Justin Watts enrolled at North Carolina last month, but on Monday night he put the finishing touches on his high school career, scoring 14 points in the 2008 NCCA East-West All-Star Game at the Greensboro Coliseum. Afterwards, he spoke about his performance and the start of his Tar Heel career ...


What was your overall impression of how you played tonight?

"I felt like I did what Coach told us to do: go out there and have fun and play team ball. No one was trying to be a superstar – we're all all-stars. I felt I played within the game and did my part."

Talk about those two late free throws you hit …

"Yeah, they were pretty clutch. The guys were talking to me and trying to get me rattled a little bit, but I ended up knocking them down."

Did you have any goals you wanted to accomplish in this game?

"No, not really. I came in wanting to have fun, bond with the guys and win."

You've got a couple future ACC opponents on your team (Ty Walker: Wake Forest, C.J. Williams: NC State), did you guys talk about that?

"Yeah, we've been joking about it all week, but I look forward to seeing them in the future. I told them we're going to come out on top so they better get used to it."

What's it been like at North Carolina thus far?

"It's fun, it's great. Summer school has been going well and the workouts. The guys are great. "

What have those pickup games been like?

"Good – they're intense. We go at it every day. Matter of fact I've got to go back tomorrow and strap it up again."

Has Coach Williams talked with you at all about your role this coming season?

"Coach told me to be ready to play. I'll be a role player. He just told me to come in and work hard and we'll see what happens."

Did he map out any specifics that he wanted you to work on this summer?

"No, not really. He's been out on the circuit and stuff doing his golfing thing … He's been there a couple days but I haven't really gotten a chance to sit down and talk to him."

Have any of the players taken you under their wing?

"Danny and Wayne have been doing a good job of that. … They just tell me what to do and what not to do – what's going to work and what's not going to work. … They tell me to keep working hard and staying focused."

This is your last high school competition, the culmination of your high school career …

"Yeah, I looked at it that way. It was fun while it lasted and now I'm ready to go to the next level and try to accomplish things there."

Saw you playing in the NC Pro-Am over at NC Central late last week. What's that league been like?

"I had my first game the other day. I'm trying to get to know the guys over there a little bit. … The guy that runs it asked me to play in it and I told Larry [Drew] and Ed [Davis] to come over also. We're just doing that to stay in and shape and stay conditioned, along with what we do at Carolina."

From what you've seen of Larry this summer, what do you think of his game?

"I like him a lot. He's a very good point guard, sees the floor very well and he's a better jumpshooter than a lot of people think he is – so he's going to surprise a lot of people."

Have the players been any softer with you in pickup because you're a newcomer?

"No, everybody goes at everybody. We have fun, we play hard and then at the end of the day we're joking. But on the court we're all business."

Have you thought at all about what that first practice with Roy Williams is going to be like?

"I don't know – I heard it's going to be tough."

Have you been practicing your skills for Late Night yet?

"We're working on a little skit -- we can't let it out of the bag, though."

You were one of few recruits who waited until the spring to make a commitment. What was that process like for you?

"I wasn't worried about it. I told my Dad ever since I started playing that I was going to wait it out and see what [offers] I could get. It just so happens that at the last minute they put an offer on the table and I decided to go there."

And now that you're getting the opportunity to play at Carolina, what does that mean to you?

"It's great, is all I can say. Putting on the Carolina blue is what a lot of people want to do and when you get a chance to do it, it's an honor."

What type of game will you bring to North Carolina – what type of player are you?

"Boundless energy, have a lot of fun while I'm out there and do what Coach expects me to do."

Do you see yourself as a two guard in college?

"Yeah, more of a ‘2'."

What's your updated height/weight that we should list you at?

"I measured at 6-4 with no shoes and 205 pounds, but who knows – you measure differently everywhere you go."

What are your thoughts on this coming season and what this Tar Heel team can accomplish?

"We're looking forward to it and Coach is telling us to be the best team we can be. Once we do that, we should come out on top."

Have the other players been talking yet about the goals for this season?

"No, not really. We're just working hard this summer, trying to lift, run and get into condition and be the best team we can be. And then we'll see where that takes us."

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