Question: As a 4.0 student, how difficult was it last school year balancing class work with basketball?
Answer: It was hard during the season. That was the most difficult part. Just being away a lot, trying to make up work whenever you can. It's not the worst thing in the world.
Q: How did you manage?
A: Mike Stone, our adviser guy, and our (graduate assistant), they do a really good job getting you scheduled (and) telling you what you need to do. If you do your work, you're fine.
Q: Was there a class you felt might jeopardize the 4.0?
A: There was one: Economics 301. I ended up getting, like, a 90, which is the worst you can get and still have an "A."
Q: What prospects for playing time do you see this season?
A: My goal is to keep working hard in practice. I got to play a few games last year, the real minutes. I think that was due to my hard work in practice. I think if I keep doing that, hopefully, those couple games last year will, maybe, contribute to a couple minutes every game this year. Just to give the guys a breather.
Q: How fulfilling will this season be if that two-minute role doesn't happen?
A: I mean, the No. 1 goal is to get a championship. So if we get that, it's going to be fulfilling.
Q: How much does your family enjoy coming to the games in Rupp Arena?
A: They just loved it, my dad especially. He grew up in Kentucky. He's been a Kentucky fan his whole life. My parents, they're proud of me and all that stuff, and they're loving it, if not more than me, then just the same.
Q: Do you think your father is living out his dream through you?
A: Yeah, I definitely think he kind of is. That's a good thing. He's definitely been my No. 1 supporter. He always told me I could go to UK when no one did. It's definitely cool for him.
Q: How long ago was he saying you could play for UK?
A: He always told me that. My mom was a little more skeptical. She was kind of a realist. It's funny how he always said that, and it eventually worked out.