Do you feel like the pre-draft combine format hurts you because your strengths come in a team game with defense, rebounding and passing and the camp is primarily individual-based?
Two weeks ago I would’ve agreed with that because that is my game, but I think a lot of people need to see how well I shoot the ball now. It kind of benefits me because a lot of people that know my game already know that I can do that, passing, rebounding and play defense already. I think the setting is kind of weird because we’re not playing against each other, but I think it does help me also because I get to showcase that I can shoot.
Where do you see yourself playing in the NBA, more of a SG or SF or even being able to bring the ball up the court?
I would say point forward, a player that you don’t label under a certain position because I can get the rebound and run the offense, or I can get the ball and start the offense on the wing.
You’ve played in the Big East for four years, won a Big East Tournament and reached the Final Four. With so many NBA teams drafting on potential, how do you bring a different element to the table?
Sometimes when you draft on potential you pick the right guy and the right guy works out for that team well when you pick a person that’s older, the teams know what they’re capable of. They know that they’re going to get a hard-working guy that knows how to win and knows how to lead a team because he was a senior or a junior in college. When you pick off potential it can go either way, sometimes it works out for a team, sometimes it really doesn’t.
NBA Pre-draft Combine Results:
Height w/o shoes: 6' 5"
Height w/ shoes: 6' 6.25"
Wingspan: 6' 9"
Standing Reach: 8' 7.5"
Body Fat: 5.1 percent
No Step Vert. 30.5
Max Vert. 37.0
Bench Press: 9
Lane Agility: 11.15
3/4 Court Sprint: 3.18 sec.