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On being the first on the court for Sunday’s practice and seeing if the rims were still on -
There were still rims. I got there first. I just wanted to get some shots up and get loose. It takes me a little longer to get loose than some of the younger guys.
On going back to Charlotte –
The only time I guess I’ve ever played in Charlotte was during the 2005 NCAA Tournament. I got in and hit a shot which was nice to do. A lot has changed since then. I’ve got a little bit different of a role now. It’s exciting to go home and play a game in front of my family and friends, so I’m looking forward to it.
Has your role diminished this year?
It’s hard to say. I don’t know know what my role is at this point. We ahven’t played a game yet, and I don’t know what the rotation is going to be. Like Coach [Roy Williams] said, three guys are competing for one spot. It hasn’t been established that one guy has won that competition yet. So I’m just looking to go out and play hard, do what I’ve always done and let everything else take care of itself.
What do you like about this team that you’ve seen in practice so far?
Everybody talks about how talented we are and how many guys we have and how deep we are. What I like is the competitiveness. It seems like practice has been real competitive between the blue and the white team everyday. Hopefully it will be improved upon throughout the season.
On being heavily favored versus Sacred Heart -
I learned my sophomore year here that you can never take anybody lightly, because we went out with the No. 1 team in the country and we lost our first game to Santa Clara. Nobody had heard of Santa Clara, at least they weren’t a team that was talked about at the beginning of the year. Sacred Heart, we haven’t heard anything about them, but it’s the same situation. You take anyone lightly in Division I basketball, and you can come out and lose. So we’re just going to come out and try to do the things we do in practice, play hard, and hopefully we’ll come out with a win.