It’s been nearly six months since three-star 2017 wing Melo Eggleston committed to Wake Forest.
It wasn’t until last weekend, however, that the versatile 6-foot-8 talent came to Winston-Salem for his official visit, coming during a big weekend for the basketball team that hosted an open practice and fanfest at Joel Coliseum.
Of course Eggleston enjoyed his visit — he had visited the campus unofficially already and knew that Wake Forest delivered what he was looking for.
We took the occasion of Eggleston’s official visit to not only ask him about the trip, but also a few random ‘off the wall’ questions.
On the visit
Eggleston: “My visit was different, since I was already committed. Most guys when they go on their officials are there to see the school so they can decide where they want to go. My official was great. I interacted with everybody — the staff members, the team and even the students. And also the fans.”
On open practice and fanfest
Eggleston: “It was pretty good. A lot of the fans already knew who I was. They took pictures and had me sign autographs. They said things like, ‘I can’t wait for you and Chaundee Brown to get here to come change the program around and get us back to the era where we were one of the top teams in the country.’”
On what surprised him most about Wake
Eggleston: “That wasn’t my first time to Wake, I’d been there before. I wouldn’t say I was surprised by anything. It was what I expected it to be. There were more students there this time. It was fun overall. It was really nice, and I got to see some of the facilities that are on the way.”
On if he got to play with the team
Eggleston: “I didn’t ball, but I worked out in the morning while I was there. I didn’t play basketball with the team, but I did watch the practice.”
Of who he bonded the most with
Eggleston: “Everyone I interacted with on the team, I clicked with. I already knew both BCs (Bryant Crawford, Brandon Childress) when I got there. When I got there it was like seeing a cousin I haven’t seen in a long time. It clicks right away with Brandon.”
On Bryant Crawford
Eggleston: “I think highly of Bryant Crawford. He brings a lot to the team, coming in as a freshman last year and carrying the team as a leader is just tremendous. His role is to be the leader and that alpha dog that he was. I think a lot of Bryant. He’s from the same area as me.”
On who assisted Danny Manning on his recruitment
Eggleston: “Honestly, my biggest recruiter was Randolph (Childress). Even still now, it’s like I haven’t committed. He still texts me. The whole staff, really, but it was really coach Childress. He and my uncle Charles Harrison were in the backcourt at Wake with Tim Duncan. Randolph texts me everyday and calls me to check up on everything. Even still. He makes sure I’m doing the right stuff.”
On what Childress stays on him about
Eggleston: “It all depends on the day. Always about what I’m doing in the morning as far as working out and what I can improve. We talk about staying focused and coming to school being ready for the grind. Just grinding it out and hopefully making it to the NBA. Staying on top of things in school. He even talks to my mom.”
On the vibe of the team
Eggleston: “I felt the team vibe was great. Everyone hung around each other. It was nothing but laughter. There was no jealousy. Even around me, the team was great. The whole atmosphere was just great.”
On what he does when he’s not playing basketball
Eggleston: “Honestly, it’s basketball all-day, everyday. When I’m not playing basketball, I’m playing basketball. If I’m not playing, I’m watching videos of old players like Tracy McGrady - big guards like that. Just watching NBA games, or even watching Wake to see the cuts they use and offense they utilize. Just studying.”
On if he wants to style his game after a player like Tracy McGrady
Eggleston: “Yeah. I like McGrady’s game a lot. We’re kind of the same build, skinny and tall. He’s 6-foot-9 and I’m 6-8. We’re kind of the same in that we can be versatile.”
On his favorite movie
Eggleston: “My favorite movies of all time are White Men Can’t Jump and He Got Game.”
On what he listens to when working out
Eggleston: “I listen to a variety of stuff. If I had to say, I’d say Future, Nas - it all depends.”
On what annoys him more than anything
Eggleston: “When people ask me why I committed to Wake over other big time schools like Kansas, UConn or Florida. That’s probably the most annoying thing I’ve come to deal with so far.”