"Playing in the best conference in the country, the most physical conference, and playing against top-20 teams almost every single night in front of 30,000 fans will get you ready for the league for sure. It helped me a great deal."
"Obviously I am going to try to earn my spot every day. It means a great deal to me to stay at home. I built a great foundation and fan base at Syracuse. It is going to be a great transition for me. My family will be here coming to the games so it is exciting."
"I was going to wear number one, but Amar'e came. I can't wait to play with him. You look at the things he accomplished in Phoenix with Steve Nash. I can't wait to build a rapport with him. He is our big name guy and I look forward to having him here."
"Ha! That will be fun. Hopefully he doesn't trash me too much on TV. I will throw some jabs his way during the game and hopefully he will be able to hear me."
"We won today which is a plus, and yesterday Landry and I got our feet wet and had decent games. I am trying to get accustomed to playing at this level and getting my shot more consistent."
"Probably between a JJ Redick and Steve Blake type. I can knock down the deep shots like JJ and Steve, I handle the ball a lot like he does." (Read: I am white.)
"I have gotten used to playing there throughout the years. Obviously it will be nerve wracking to step on the floor. As a rookie it can be a little bit daunting, but it will be a dream come true. I am looking forward to it. Plus, I played in the six-OT game with 'Cuse."