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So, having been, man, I'm good.
How are you? I'm pretty good.
Thanks for asking.
So it's kind of, ah, do a little bit, just couple light topics.
So I just don't want to know.
Have you been able to play any A a u basketball or nothing because of the virus? Um, so with expressions, we've only been able to practice and work out together on the weekends, but we weren't allowed to play in any tournament so far.
All right, And, uh, described the people watching your style of basketball.
I would say I'm a very versatile player.
I can stretch out the floor, knocked down the open threes.
I could go buy bigger dudes with my ball handling and finish well at the room.
And if I have a smaller did on me, I could just post him up and score pretty efficiently under the basket.
And I used my length a lot on defense, which helps me.
And what's that Massachusetts? Vast people seem like.
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Or do you just not hear what I said? It just lagged a little.
It is just like all right, so I want no described tow us that Massachusetts basketball scene.
Um, we have a lot of tough kids.
I would say Massachusetts.
It's a very underrated state for basketball players.
Not many people could get noticed here when we have a lot of talent from a variety of schools and locations in Massachusetts.
But we're all tough.
Players were all super skilled, and we just we just play like we have nothing to lose.
And how is this year? Sop****re season.
It was awesome going into it.
I didn't expect out of season like I did, but just to finish out with the championship on just to put up numbers that I did is just I couldn't ask for a better sop****re season have so where you were you not really expecting toe? Have a season like that and I guess what may be described it may be that, uh, that first game, maybe, if you put up a big time numbers.
You're like, Oh, so that's how the season's gonna be this year.
It's What? What was that? All right, Yeah, So going into where I'm going into new hint and playing in the knapsack Triple A, arguably the best conference in the country, I expected to be a role player behind seniors and post grads.
But that big game I had, I would say, is the second game into the season against Hargrave.
I just put up big numbers other than just boosted my confidence through the roof, saying that like I could do way more than I thought I could dio and just prove myself out there.
You know what's the kind of like playing on a team with post grad players? Um, you learn a lot.
You learn a lot from them.
They've been there in high school for 45 years now.
They'll teach you the ways it played there, a lot of competition and just they teach you everything, like to post crowds there.
Last year that really put me under their wing taught me everything that I needed to know, and they just they gave me all the confidence and just kept me going during the hard times in this season, and I saw that you were wearing a mask during Ah, a few of assuming the games during a season.
So how's you kind of get that injury? Yeah.
So we were in a tournament with New Hampton and the second game of the tournament.
I caught an elbow to the nose.
So two minutes into the game, I broke my nose.
My coach notice.
He sat me out and then I went to the trainer and he told me at our school that I have to wear a mask for pretty much the rest of the season.
And was that kind of weird playing in a mask? Was it all uncomfortable? It was very uncomfortable in the beginning, but a month or two into it, I got used to it.
I adapted Teoh People love day.
So I just kept it in world with that.
Yeah, because I was going to say I mean, I think I think it's kind of cool wearing a mask like that.
That would be something like how players for where, ever had bad like they should love players or masks just cause, to be honest, you look like a blackout.
Like, uh, like Kobe and LeBron did.
I've been saying black tie would be awesome, but yeah, yeah, for sure.
And, uh, let's keep talking about the season.
So obviously do Got a couple of years left where your what are your goals for those last for those up.
What are your goals for those final years of high school basketball where you see yourself going? Um so these next couple years, A basketball, of course, to continue.
Wanna win a championship for New Hampton and just keep making ourselves a bigger name, bigger school and just for myself, for basketball, just become a bigger leader because leaderships goes are very important for college and especially the next level.
And just become a better player, improved my skills all around basketball and mostly just build up my body to become a lot stronger and sticking out your body in just playing basketball.
What should be an underrated part of your game, not people don't really know about.
I would say my passing and I Q.
My coaches all throughout the past that I had always had a very smart I Q.
When it comes to playing basketball that I can make Reeves that other point guards are, the players can't see that much.
So just making those rates would be very underrated for me, for sure.
You know, how do you think you were able to build up by basketball? I Q.
Uh, I would say the classroom.
For some reason, I've always been smart kid on and off the core, and just I've just been a smart kid usually.
And just using, I guess my intelligence.
I mean, we got a few are smart kids on my team at home to and yeah, it's it's like that with the kids that are kind of smart in the classroom.
Are you? Yeah, smart on the course, So it does make a lot of sense, but let's move into a different topic.
So I've seen that you've gone to a lot of different camps and middle school extreme Gonta.
A few recent ones during her high school, uh, playing ah, during the beginning years that you playing high school basketball.
So where those different camps like And do you have a favorite? Um, my favorite would probably be the Pangos camp.
I think that's the most.
Recently I went Teoh out in Cali.
But those cancer awesome.
All the best players from around the country.
You're competing against them every day and just to compete against them, to see how you stack up against that is what I need and the exposure from those cans.
It really just helps in the long run.
And, uh, what's this time, like is getting exposure and being invited to the camps.
How come, like I get started, players could go to them and others don't like what? How do you get invited to go to the camp? Um, your exposure, your exposure, how well known you are helps again by to the camp.
But I would say the connections you have to like my AU coach helped me get to a lot of those camps at, and my high school coach also helped me to, but mostly a You help me get to those camps for sure on dumb.
Let's go into ah, now you're recruitment process.
So when's it always offers? Start rolling in, um, late March, right after the Brewster game, right at the end of the season, they all started rolling in a bunch of school, started texting my coach.
It was, is awesome.
And that's kind of interesting, because most, um, most players.
I mean, you know, you'll have that one or two offers, maybe in the beginning of the season.
But you what played, I guess, two full seasons not knowing that any this might happen.
And then once the season's over, that also means co start calling you.
But it was even before they were allowed to on that June 15th date.
So were you at all maybe even surprised that it kind of came not late, but the same time it did come late.
Um, I was surprised that it came later than it should have because I'd seen other kids.
My grade get offers way before me even before the season.
So I was kind of down that I wasn't the one getting them.
But then when it came later and I guess some schools that wanted to offer but just wanted to wait, I was totally fine with the and my coach just telling me that, like, don't worry, this was going to come in.
Everyone notices you. They just want to give time.
So just believing in him helped a lot, too.
And let's let's talk about some of the schools that are offered.
I mean, we got Providence, Indiana, Marquette.
A lot of, Ah, a lot of high major schools.
So out of all schools that have offered you which one is recruiting the hardest, Um, I would say there's, like, a four way tie.
Recruit me the hardest Right now, I would say Indiana, Purdue, Providence and creating out of those four that offered they stand out the most as recurring me the hardest so far.
I mean, So you said four schools.
So let's do the math.
You're a smart guy.
And then you got to from the Big 10 and you got from the Big East.
So do you think that you are more likely to play in one of those two conferences? I believe so.
But I don't know for sure.
Yeah, I think I could play in any conference, but looking at my offers, right? No, it's mostly Big 10 and biggie.
So if you do do enough, yes, there's higher chances of that.
Yeah, I think I'm going to assume maybe based off the geography.
It's probably because you are located near, uh, those schools, cause if you think I don't know if you realize, but all right, maybe like I was realizing, I'm just kind of, like, stupid for this, but I know like, what was really just recruit the guys in their area.
I lost so much talented, you know, you're not going.
If you live in California, you're going to get a lot of California schools compared to someone that lives in the Massachusetts like yourself.
So yeah, I told him totally.
And let's talk about interest.
So, um, any schools that are just interesting Are there any school that are just interested in you and which one is most likely to turn into an offer any time soon? Um ah.
Schools are interested in me.
Are Louisville, Michigan? You can't showed some interest lately, and Virginia Tech has also shown interest.
I think the those four schools could easily turn toe offers, especially I don't zoom with ah Louisville recently with the coaching staff, so I believe that one could turn into an offer.
But I see all four turning to offer soon which would be great and talk to us about that.
Zoom with with Louisville.
How did that go and what you guys do slash Talk about.
We talked about everything.
Campus, Louisville Right now, then Louisville.
Their players in the n B A. Right now.
And just to get a better understanding about this school, it was just awesome.
I was impressed by A and learned a lot about their program and has not been the only two meeting you've gone on our or have there been others I've had.
Ah, zoom with Michigan is just with the assist in just face to face conversation and just showing, like talking this small talk pretty much.
And then I've had a virtual tour with both Indiana and Purdue, which was like a month or two ago, and cause for kids are just like for the average kid.
I mean, they kind of all get bored with the online school with the being on zooms all the time and do those two meetings and stuff that ever kind of get boring or are they somewhat entertaining? Um, they could be entertaining at times, but I wouldn't necessarily say is boring because there's nothing else that they could really dio.
And for them to show interest by doing is the home.
It shows a lot to me, but they could be entertaining.
You got to see the campus, I guess.
But it would be much better to see in person.
And let's talk about seeing him in person.
What schools are what once you're allowed to go on the campus on the campuses.
What schools are you planning on taking official visits to? Ah, um, I haven't really thought about yet about that yet.
Uh, as of right now, I would probably take I want to take those four schools ever criminal hardest.
I'd like to use on official business on down, but I'm not to Syria, but I really thought about it.
But next year, when I plan to cut my list of five only use those five schools is my official visits.
You said your player cutting those lists to five school.
So what is that school? Anita, land a spot in your top five.
Ah, there need to show a lot of interests.
Um, my coach and I like to talk about loyal recruitment, just constantly checking in, uh, just just show that I've all bring value to their program.
Ah, they have to be winning a winning programs, always much better in front of the play.
And, ah, academics they can be there is somewhat important to me and my family just, ah, go to college for free and go to a good school to get a good, good degree to be set for life after basketball.
And then, yeah, I just have have to have a great relationship with the coaching staff, especially the head coach for sure.
Just another thing about making a top five list.
I mean, there's some players that just kind of go from, um, other diamond Do they just kind of announced their what school are committed to and that's it.
Do you think you might really died or will you kind of make it? Ah, I guess A big deal with your top five list.
Um, I think I do plan on making a top five lifts next year.
Not you sure about that, though, Unless I have a school in a gut feeling right in my mind that I want to go dio without cutting a list, I'll come in there.
But I think as a now probably planned for a top five next year.
All right, Well, I guess it's not even about really cutting.
This is more about making it a whole ordeal of the schools you've kind of listed.
Yeah, Yeah, yeah.
Um, let's just keep moving on in the interview.
So I was looking at your instagram, and I was seeing ah was going through a little bit of the comments and there's I don't really may.
Eyes don't look enough for dollar people I've interviewed, but at least for you I mean, I saw some like Providence fan pages were like commenting like a bunch of stuff.
So does I ever get annoying up to you having all these fan bases all over you? It never gets annoying. I love.
I love to see the love that the school will shows.
And just to see how much the fans want me, it just brings more interested in, like, how much more badly I want to go to that school.
So if the fans want me, it just makes it a better reason to go there.
Have you ever contact.
Maybe like a teasing our fan base.
Maybe like a comment you'll be like Well, like we'll have to see soon winking emoji and then on the last stuff.
I'm never that type.
I never responded them.
I never liked teasing anyone just straight up, laid back.
I'll never do that.
I mean, I have to admit, like, that's probably a good even if you because you just said you do like it.
But that's probably the best to stay away from it.
Cause may be the one day where you find a problems comment like it and then another school comments on your posts and you never saw it.
That's gonna I was gonna spark up a whole long my smart exactly.
And, ah, you are ranked now by ESPN.
I think it's Ah, you're right.
Ah, number 54 player in class of 2022 by ESPN.
So take us through that moment when you found out that you were ranked as one of the nation's top rising juniors, it was exciting, is very excited.
I was very happy.
All the hard work started paying off and it really showed through that ranking, and it just wants me to work harder because my cook my new hand to coaching staff expressions and even myself believe that I should be higher and just It gives me more motivation to work harder and just improve that ranking and let's go into a a u basketball Now you just said expression.
So how long have you been playing for expressions elite? And what do you like about playing for them? Yes.
So I've been with expressions for three years now since eighth grade, and I just love how hard they push me their coaching staff from top to bottom.
They will push you.
I practice and even on the games and that they're just straight up honest with you.
They don't care if they hurt your feelings or make you the happiest person ever.
They want you to get better, and by being honest with you, they will get you better.
And you said they don't care whether they hurt your feelings or not.
So if a coach is kind of really getting on you, how do you kind of take that are constructive criticism? Um, you've got to be mentally strong.
Is at the end of the day, those expressions coaches, they they all have love for you.
Well, view when you enter the program when you leave the program, so just never take a personal from them because they just want to succeed, and they won't see every person in the program succeed for sure.
I'm Do you see yourself sticking with them throughout the rest of your au career? Yeah, for sure.
Also on their instagram page was that you met Paul Pierce.
So talk about it.
So that was last year when I played in my public school league.
I won the Player of the Year award, and the person giving out the award was called Piers.
So just meeting him was awesome, because I'm also a diehard Celtics fan.
So just meeting a legend from the Celtics was just awesome to me, and it's just visited on innocent Awesome moment.
Yeah, just just couple quick things.
You said you want to see your a die hard Celtics fan? If I did.
You see, I got my my heat stuff back there.
it's going so well, I think we'll probably be off by the time it starts.
And another thing you mentioned.
So you went from playing and out of public school? They're going to a Ah, a proper school, right student? Yeah.
So take us through that transition.
And what led you to make that decision? Ah, the transition from public to prep waas.
It was hard at the beginning.
I will admit that, but he became a monk a lot more easier, but it's benefited me a lot.
The 24 7 access to the gym weight room coaching staff that's had experience on the division one level.
Either playing or coaching has been unbelievable.
And just to know that so many other great players have gone prep and you got to see where they're at.
Now that you have the chance to do the same, so are you.
Are you in a prop here or are you Ah, 16 I think.
Um, I repeat my eighth grade year.
So all the Iraq last already.
So I'll be a junior next year.
And do you think that there is any chance maybe.
Ah, I think junior year You might not have.
Ah, senior year.
Let's go straight to college.
Um, I've thought about it at times, but I want to sell.
I kind of want to play my senior year to all right.
And then my final question is, is, once you stop playing basketball, where do you see yourself? What do you want your legacy to be like? Um, I see myself always meeting with basketball, so I'll try to be a co coach au anything to stick with it.
But if it weren't basketball, I'd say, engineering just seven, um, engineering, type of brain.
Just building stuff, All that stuff and my legacy.
Um, I want to be known as a better person than basketball, something bigger than basketball giving back to the community And just like, you know, basketball helps a lot.
But you know something for bigger than basketball.
And it goes a long way.
And before he could wrap up the show, is there anything you want? Oh, anything you want, applaud.
Anybody want shot out? Ah, shadow New Hampton expressions for being the best to things that happened to me for basketball.
There he goes before, uh, for 2022 4 Star.
The nation's ah number 54th best player in the class of 2022.
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