ZRL & Sam: As a player, do you pay any attention to recruiting rankings and/or do you ever read blogs/message boards to see how fans may feel about you? Did it surprise you how quickly you rose in the recruiting rankings over the summer, or was that something that you expected to happen once more people got the opportunity to see your game?
I pay attention to the rankings, but I don’t think they mean as much as most people take them for. For example before any of the camps this summer I remember being out at a restaurant and getting a text telling me that ESPN had me in the top 50. And they did that without seeing me play recently, a lot of it has to do with buzz and rumors. I do read the blogs, I kind of used it as motivation when i was reading that you guys weren’t really excited about me when I committed. I don’t take it to heart though, and I’m not always on there but if I’m just hanging out on the computer I’ll look. I don’t know if I was surprised about my ranking rising, its nice to get recognition for hard work, but I was just happy that I had the opportunity to play at all of those camps and tournaments.
MattM: At what age were you first able to dunk?
I’m not a freak athletically so it wasn’t in 6th grade or anything, my first dunk came in the summer before sophomore year when I had my growth spurt. Later in my sophomore year I had my first dunk in a game.
The Yooper & Mark: How well do you think your body will be able to take the beating a big man gets in the Big Ten? What have you done strength and conditioning wise to ready yourself?
I know that it is a very physical league and it is a very long season, but that’s why I’m working now on getting stronger and prepared. That way I’ll be able to stay injury free (knock on wood) and I think I will be ok as long as I take care of my body over the course of the year.
Toby: What are you most excited about, looking forward to your first year at Michigan?
I can’t wait to play in front of a big crowd and be at a big school. The school I’m at now is only 300 kids so I’m ready for a change. I’m just looking forward to winning games because when you are winning life is wayyy better.
Bill: Can you tell us why you decided that coach Beilein is the coach you want to play for? And what you think he can do for you to help you achieve you goals?
Pretty simply because he’s one of the best and every one I asked said the same thing. He is successful everywhere he goes and he is one of the best tactical coaches in college. He is a great guy and has great people on his staff. My family loved him and felt really comfortable with him. I think that he will improve on my skill set and boost my basketball IQ and better me as a overall person, hopefully leading me to where I want to be at the end of 4 years.
Troy: How do you think competing against top high school competition in New England has prepared you for the rugged Big Ten.
Every night we play against a team with 4 or more high D1 players. The big men in the league are usually very good and we play over 30 games which takes a toll on your body. That has helped me get better plus going against some very legitimate big men on my own team in practice for two years has made me a tougher, better player. None of which I would have gotten at my old school. Playing here in the NEPSAC has definitely been one of the best choices I have ever made.
Paul F.: I’ve been following you on Twitter and notice you seen to like video games, Whats your favorite?
My favorite game is NHL10. All of my friends from home play hockey and I played up until freshman year so we are always on that, and even though I’m from Boston my team is the Penguins. If I’m not playing with my friends and I’m hanging out the new Call Of Duty is always in. I play a lot of different games though so if you got XBOX you can add me (e dollas).