Q: What was your
recruiting process like?
It’s a whole process, because you build relationships with a
lot of coaches that recruit you, you’re real thankful for their recruitment.
As for the recruitment by Texas Tech, Coach (Tubby) Smith
called me about two weeks before I had a visit.
Your calling Coach Tubby Smith, it’s really amazing
especially that he gets a player like me to come down and visit that he would
come meet with me and see how I played. When he came down, he watched me play,
worked out and everything. He had offered me a scholarship and then I went down
and played out there and met the guys.
I loved the guys, and I loved the campus and I loved
everything I had seen and all the support they give you and I decided to commit
to Texas Tech.
Q: What was the
deciding factor for you?
Well, first off it’s playing the highest level of
basketball, that’s what I dreamed of. Especially playing in junior college and
working hard these last two years and playing at a high level in the Big 12 and
going to a school with such a strong support background.
At the same time having a legendary coach such as Tubby
Smith, it’s just hard to say no to. It’s a great accomplishment in my book to
go to a program such as Texas Tech.
Q: Has it always been
a dream to play at the Division 1 level?
Most definitely. That’s always been a big dream of mine just
playing high level Division 1 basketball. I’ve finally got the chance, so yes
it’s always been a big dream of mine.
Q: What do you bring
to this program?
I’m going to bring leadership and a competitive attitude; a
will to win is key. I’m a real competitive player and I’m a hard worker and I’m
going to try to bring that and I hope it’s contagious to other players.
Q: What do you have
to say about your time at New Mexico Junior College?
It’s been amazing. They turned me into a different player, I
came in with an attitude as a high school player your kind of naïve and you
have to buy in. They taught me how to buy into this system and finds ways to
become a better player.
The last two years out here, these guys became my brothers;
coach is a good father figure, more than a coach, teach you how to be a man and
Out here helped me mature a lot like last season I had to
step up and become more of a leader on the team, taught me more about
leadership. It just made me a better person coming out here all around.
Q: What has your head
coach James Miller meant to you?
First off, he told me he was going to get me where I needed
to be, which is being a Division I point guard.
I felt like he kept his word 100 percent, whatever he told
me he would do for me he did it. I thank coach for all that and he made me a
better player, like I said he made me a better person.
I thank him for everything.
Q: How excited are
you to get up here to Lubbock and get started?
I’m very excited. I’m ready to show people that we got to
put Texas Tech back on the map. Guns Up, Red Raiders!