Talk about your last month or so playing and the scholarship - “People think I just found out; I actually got the news in the spring. Obviously people found out recently, but obviously I’m really grateful for the opportunity and it’s been a good time for me.
What does the scholarship do for you besides just pay for school? - “Even before that I was really proud of being here at U-Dub. I really didn’t feel like I needed to accomplish anything else other than being here and working as hard as I could. I was already treated as well as I could be. It wasn’t like I needed to earn a scholarship to feel like I was a part of the team. It’s obviously awesome to have the scholarship, but just being a part of the Husky Basketball team is already enough for me to feel proud.”
Long-term coaching goals - “That’s something I would be really happy to be a coach one day. Obviously I’m still a player right now, but the idea of coaching in the future and focusing on some of the more behind-the-scenes aspects of basketball, not just my own improvement but a lot of the team stuff and a lot of overall macro-look at the team…I think it’s helped me personally having that goal as something to to. But right now I’m just focused on being the player I can be to help this team win.”
A lot of guys are pointing to you as an example among a bunch of blue-chippers - “I’m grateful. This group of guys is awesome even though most all of them or all of them have more talent than me. They’ve never treated me like I didn’t belong or whatever, even when I wasn’t on scholarship. I think that says a lot about the group of guys I’m around. A lot of them beat me up in practice, take me to the hoop. But to give me the compliments that they do is awesome. I’m just so glad to be a part of a team that’s been so welcoming and has treated me just like everybody else.”