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How you doing today? I'm doing good.
How you doing? Good man, Just I mean, it's not It's not cold.
You're trying just hopefully a state warm.
It's like 70 something out here in Houston so hopefully can stay like this the rest of the day so I could get out and get you moving around.
Yeah, So you're You're one of the best scores in the country.
8 points a game that you talk about your success and how good you've been.
You've gotten better every single year of being at U.
S A, um you know, being here at U.
You know, it's taught me something new.
Every year I try to come back.
You know, if he's asked some to my game freshman year, you know, I had to shoot a lot of shoot a lot of shots.
14 sop****re year.
I had to take that up a notch.
I had, you know, step into a more leadership role.
You know, try to be more vocal, you know, get outside of myself, you know, bring the team together and things like that.
So this year is you bring it all together.
Everything I learned bring it all together.
So I have my little brother actually played in your conference.
He played the f i u.
I'm sure you know who he is, so Yeah, I actually, I actually you know what he thought about you Because you'll have some wars, you know, He said he just a dynamic Scoring pretty much could do whatever you want him to do on the floor.
If I remember, it was a game.
I was supposed to come toe San Antonio, watch him play what I couldn't cause I was in school.
So I end up watching the game on a little link they sent and you was you was was balling you were definitely killing them.
And I never really heard of you at the time.
Like and I was I knew something was special about how would you want to see what you were developed into a year down the line.
But I be done very, very well for yourself.
You know you last year, you and Jackson? Yeah, Well, two of the bit will probably the best going backward in the country.
Guys averaged 45.
6 points per game.
Talk about the dynamic duo between you and him.
You know, every year, like I said We try to build something new and build more on top of you know what we did like previous years.
So, um, you know, we kept on trying to build on that, you know, now is more of a team thing.
You know, we didn't We weren't successful.
The team is much as we want it to be.
So this year, you know, we gotta bring the scoring aspect, and we gotta bring the winds and as well, right.
So you say you're talking about, you know, bringing things together and working on things.
What is something that you've worked on with your game since the long overlay with doing covert? And what if something you've worked on going into this season? A lot of things that I worked on had to do with things off the court.
You know, assed faras, You know, being more vocal talking things like that and taking my recovery a little bit more serious.
You know, getting into the eyes, tubs, watching more films, trying to really block in on my craft.
No, you know, all the all the time, you know, spend on the court.
You know that Z adding that you know, extra aspect.
You know, longevity in the end of the season, you know, having fresh leg taking care of your body, eating right, things like that.
So I tried to really take that to the next step during this quarantine.
Right? So you guys haven't played.
I haven't played basketball on what, eight months? Roughly.
You feel like Yeah, I know.
I know. You guys are definitely dying to get back on the court.
I'm, you know, we start to watch.
It's just crazy because, you know, the NBA draft is yesterday, and I was like, ****, I've been scouting these guys for like a year and I was like, It's like like it was exciting to see, you know, see what guys were going.
But it was just like it's been.
It's literally been over a year just watching the film.
And, you know, it's only so much family you can watch on the same guy, especially a freshman.
It's just like I can't while I'm watching high school tape now.
But yeah, so you guys are expected to finish third in the Congress, you say, What do you What do you guys have to do? You know, toe to pass.
I know you guys.
Definitely one of your senior.
You're one of the, I think three seniors on the team.
You guys definitely wanna win the conference? Goto go to the tournament this year, go out with the bank.
So what do you guys have to do to improve on last? I think you guys were, what, 11 and 17, I believe last year.
So what do you have to do, toe improve that we got a really come, You know, we really gotta lock in on defense.
That's really the main focus that we had to do, you know, because last year we pretty much one of the best offensive teams in the country, like we would put a note, you know, we were scoring that thing, but the way they they was going on way got to get that balance.
So once we lock in on his defense, you know, get some stops trying to get some killed.
Um, you know, that would be big for our team going into this ****.
Right? So you talk about I know you know, a lot of people in this office is never transferred.
A lot of people were moving around, going from everywhere, everywhere.
Why did you not decide to train? Because for me, one that speaks more about your character Because I know a lot of guys.
You know, You guys were 30 13 and 19.
My bad. You're 13.
You have 18 points a game, I'm sure.
Schools everywhere, wherever we're always we're interested.
But you decided, You know, I'm finished where I started.
I'm gonna stay in San Antonio and finish this thing.
Why did you decide to transfer? Uh, you know, growing up like my parents always told me.
You know, you gotta do what? You got a decision.
Whatever decision you make, you gotta make it happen.
Like, you know, it's It's never gonna be easy.
You know, if I would have went, if I would have went somewhere else, like, I feel like, you know, it wouldn't have been It wouldn't have been any easier, you know? So with that being said, you know, I gotta I gotta make do with what I got.
I gotta make it out of here.
That's where I want to go.
When I first got here.
So you know now I e I Definitely.
I definitely respect because, you know, some guys they'll have a bad afternoon, that practice have a bad couple of game.
And I'm I'm No, It's like, Screw this. I'm ready to leave.
But, you know, you you stuck it out.
You know, you like you said, this is what you started.
You want to finish talk about, um, you know, you were very under recruited out of high school.
Clearly talk about playing with a chip on your shoulder.
You know? How many How many offers did you have coming out of high school coming out of high school.
I had I had a few low major, mid major, many hot major.
But they really offered me.
They was kinda no decisive about because I was a lot smaller when I was in high school.
Like I was like, 63 1, 55 1 60 like, no athletic, you know, nothing like just pure skill.
They could who like and, you know, going into college. I know.
I just had to get bigger to compete everybody like I ain't always been taught.
I ain't always big.
Like when I was a freshman in high school like I came in, like, 575814 Like, really little.
But I can handle it, though, Like nobody could running me quick.
You know what I'm saying? So, yeah, you know, that was everybody told me.
You know, man, it just wake.
You gonna get tall, you're gonna get a growth spurt.
Yeah, you would like.
So, you know, eventually that ended up happening.
And then once I got to college, like everything just took off trying to keep that going so far about playing with a chip on your shoulder.
You know, you came out of high school.
He said there wasn't that many schools recruiting.
You know, some people they could have taken that with a grain of salt.
You know, no one really recruiting me.
I'm gonna just, you know, go to school.
But you've gotten better every year.
Like I said, You want the best scores in the country talking about playing with a chip on your shoulder.
And what motivates you every day to get better in that grind? You know, this you tsa really took a chance on me.
You know, I feel like what the coaches was telling me.
I really believe in what they were trying to do, you know, because I was the last one to sign U T s A.
I was a late sunny, so I was coming in.
A rod was coming in.
Another guardian are Lyle and transfer.
Yeah, transferred from juco.
Toby hey, was a Duke all America, So all of them had already signed.
And then I was like, you know, and April I had signed my little, uh, intent our own thing instead of trying to, you know, go toe where it's our history.
Like, let's try to do our own thing and make some happen over here.
You know, that was kind of my thing, you know, start my own legacy instead of, you know, trying to piggyback off away everybody else. Done done.
No, no, definitely.
That's where that tip come from.
You changed with positions.
Wasn't your sop****re junior year from shooting guard two point or whatever is that saying last year, Last year? Last year.
So people don't understand changing position just pretty much like night and day.
You know, you're going from playing off the ball a lot.
You know, especially college basketball.
It's all you know.
You're just shooting.
God should be able to handle ball, but you're going more into a porn guard role.
So you're expected the leader of the team getting guys open being this, you know, the main ball dominant guard.
Talk about the transition from going from that toe.
You know, porn darker people understand? That's that's very different.
You're coming in from a God.
Three years started, I think believed before you're taking over his taking over his we'll talk about the transition.
Um, the transition, Was it the transition wasn't too bad? You know, assed faras playing things like that was the things like, you know, talking Because I ain't always been a vocal guy like that.
Just do what I need to do.
So our team could win.
Now, I had to step into a role, you know, as I talked to this guy, you know, talk to this team, mate.
How does he get going? Right? How you know what? What's gonna turn him on? The, you know, play harder on defense, You know, things like that.
So, you know, that was very new for me.
Uh, especially you know, trying to come out of my shell, right? Oh, what will you I was And how? How hard was insisting on you.
You know, like you said, you were in a you had a shell.
You want talking about how hard was he on? You know, you're the point of the team you have Thio lead.
I know what my school at Tech all porn guard we had last last year.
We have to kinda pull it out of him because he was really, really quiet.
He'd like to talk it also.
They really was, you know, on his case, every practice, every game, you know, you have to talk.
How hard was he on you? And how big of an adjustment was it for you to just adapt? You know, I guess rather quickly, right? Um, you know, just like you said I was, you know, a quiet dude, you know, handling my business.
But no, he got on me, you know, he told me if we wanted to be a good team, then I had to, you know, take that leadership role.
And, you know, because the guys that came before me, they would have they were the leaders E o All I had to do was put the ball in the hole.
So, you know, I had to do a little bit more.
He pushed me every day.
Really? He pushed me every day.
So what are some of the goals for the season? Only as a team, but for you personally, I mean, there, there any goals that you said maybe you have.
Like I know you have, like, somewhere doing your wall.
This is what you want.
This is what respect from yourself, but also from the team.
Um, for myself it is not to have any regrets, you know, Just leave it all out on the floor, do everything that I can, you know? I pray every day.
So that got a Zilong as I don't have any bits and I don't take anything for granted.
I feel like that's my That's my goal for the end of the season.
But at the team, you know, I feel like, you know, we should We should win every game, you know, that's my mother win every game where so, as a team, as long as we, you know, stay locked in play hard and do what we need to do after, like way.
Have a good season this year.
Sure, you're a business finance major.
That's very young.
I know some finance major when I was at Tech that made it hard.
But you're not getting your also managing that, but also being a great basketball player before.
How do you talk about managing both? You know, after, you know you don't know you doing well.
So how are you managing Able to manage about being great in both areas of life? Can you repeat that? E.
Said Your business finance major, I said, Talk about managing both, Like being a great basketball player, you know, at night or in the afternoon, but also getting your studies.
And at the same time, business finance is a very tough major.
I know I know some business finance majors, and I know I've seen them struggling, you know, daily when he was in school.
So how are you able to do both at a high level? Really, I enjoy finance.
You know, I'm glad that I have, um, finance for investment and things like that.
So I'm actually into stock trading bonds and things like that.
So I'm actually already, you know, into things like that.
So, uh, you know, studying it is interesting to me.
So, you know, I take take the class is pretty serious, you know? So you know, eventually when I dio for sure, that's a big That's a big part of it.
Says when you leave, you go start making money and, you know, playing sports.
You know, you definitely know how to manage because you see a lot of guys they leave, they're being lied a couple of years and maybe struggling u c c J McCollum, he said, was one in three NBA players of living paycheck to paycheck.
Yeah, so, you know, I see that all the time.
You see that all the time, You know, in the media and things like that.
So that's one of my That's one thing that my parents told me with growing up, you know, like you gotta know how you got to know how to handle things like that.
Especially big lump sum of money, especially when he had had them.
So you gotta know how toe you gotta know how to handle it.
So you being from Dallas.
I'm from Houston.
You know, when I was in high school at the time, and this is I graduated 2014 at the time.
In my opinion, I think it was the recruiting aspect of it was a lot better than what it has been.
But over the last, I guess, six years, it's switched.
Houston, it's It's bad.
It's a drought out here, you got a few kids are going the one.
But there's nowhere near what it used to be talking about being from Dallas and how proud you are that, you know, you see multiple guys like you have arterial Morris is a type of crude out there.
You have, um, some of those guys from Jordan washes up their lead door.
Some of those guys are in that area.
Talk about, you know, the basketball landscape in Dallas and how much better it's gotten over the last couple of years.
Man, it's crazy.
We got a lot of guys a lot.
Yeah, even watching the draft last night.
You know, Maxie came man are a man data show.
You know, even my little brother.
You know, at rich on it, too.
So No, it's a lot of talent in Dallas, and it's just gonna keep on growing, you know, Iron shopping.
So long as they keep on grinding and competing against each other, they only gonna get better.
And it's just gonna keep on getting better.
E you being from there? I'm assuming you played against RJ and Maxie, huh? Yeah.
So what do you What do you think of how happy you for them.
You know, you saw Mexico into the Sixers and R J is going to the Nuggets.
How happy are you for them? If you reached out to them yet or have you talk about, you know, playing against them in high school? It is actually a funny story, man.
Um, when I think I was I think I was a senior in high school, and I think RJ was that little m.
Yeah, e way ended up beating whatever in a little tournament.
Now he could who he could Who you know, he was getting off.
He was getting out.
Forget he got out.
Now you could Who could Who? I think we played against Maxie my senior year as well I think they knock this out in the first round.
Uh, you know, postseason.
Crazy around, man.
I was sick, but they was hoping against it, though.
Very nice show. They're nice. Yeah.
I mean, both of both of, you know, super times.
I would like to see because, you see, with the Sixers they have with Zaire.
Smith, he from the Dallas three from Garland.
You have Maxie also from the Dallas area up there where it's somebody else on the team.
I can't remember who were there, but somebody else on the team from dollars there.
So it's good to see you know, the Dallas area.
They're getting their shine.
They definitely putting putting guys in the league.
Houston, Hopefully Houston, we can try to catch back up because right, damages is what? We got some guys in the league, of course, but it's looking rough out here for us right now.
You know, mhm eso this season, you're one off three other things.
Recent media bond and, uh uh, Luca.
So talking about you know, you guys being leaders, you like only three seniors on the team. You know.
So what do you got? What do you preaching to your guys every day, you know, as leaders.
And what do you got preaching to the rest of the team? Um, you know, just just not have any regrets.
Man is potentially senior year, so, you know, just did not have any regrets.
Leave it all out on the floor, play hard, You know, every possession.
Because every position counts for us. Now.
Um, last year we had the target on our back.
Now, I feel like you know, that target on our back no more since the season that we had last year.
So now we've got to get that chip back on our shoulder show, show the other team how we come, right? Your first game of the year.
Y'all play against Oklahoma, you know, there, they don't know that they'll probably finishing the bottom part of the big 12.
Maybe that's a game where, you know, you really can't kind of set the set the tone.
So what do you What type of What do you got doing to prepare for them? You got a couple of really not even I got, like, a week.
Not even you got, like, six days.
So what do you guys doing? Preparing for them.
And if you see anything going into the strategy for the game, um, you know, we this would be I would just be my fourth time planning to start the season.
So, you know, way all got each other number.
You know, e don't see each other.
We all don't play.
There's already so I don't think it's gonna be any anything extra***ant, you know, trying to, you know, strategically be the other team.
But, you know, as long as we go in and playoff basketball, that's that's what I That's what I'm trying to do.
Go in and play you tears like basketball.
I mean, you know, you were playing against baby on Harmony is also a Dallas guy.
Uh, he's gonna be It's gonna be It's gonna be a tough matchup knowing for you, but also for him as well.
If you've done anything scouting against him since you know this offseason, studying his game and preparing for him because he's one of the better younger guards in the country.
And obviously you're a big time star and you to say is well, I'm definitely excited for the matchup.
And I wanna I wish I could go to the game.
But this whole Kobe thing is just ruining everything.
But I love to go see that.
I'm gonna try to go up there and catch a couple of games That, you see, is that this year we all are allowing fans.
Yeah, Yeah, he's a good player, you know? He's a good player.
Way played against him last year.
E I played against him.
So it ain't gonna be nothing.
Nothing new to see, which is not for sure, for sure.
So, like I said, I'm definitely good luck to you with all your success this year.
I'm you know, which is the best you know what to look for.
I'm sure you're gonna have a great season.
And maybe at the end of you and you guys make it to determine we can have this conversation again and talk about you know, all the other records and things you're gonna break this year.
We'll definitely appreciate you for having, you know, no problem.
Have a good day.
Have a good day of practice