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Overall thoughts on the game -
We just wanted to go out there and show this country what kind of team we’re going to be this year. They kept it close in the first half, but we played hard throughout the whole game, and we pulled away at the end.
On his performance on where to improve –
As a freshman you’ve just got to play consistently as a player. Personally, I think I did a few good things, but I did a few bad things also. Overall, not bad, but there are things I can improve on.
On important aspects of his success -
Being in the right spot, getting in the passing areas, rebounding, making free throws, hitting the open shot and just making smart plays.
Were you nervous?
No, I was very comfortable out there. Playing in front of 20,000 people at the Smith Center is going to make you comfortable in any kind of setting. All the guys have waited for this moment. It’s finally here, so it’s time to get it rolling.
On playing with Tyler Hansbrough –
Tyler’s a beast down low and he’s going to work very hard for the ball. When I catch it, I’m looking for him, because I know that he’s going to work very hard to get post position, so I’m looking for him every time.
On playing more minutes than other freshmen big men –
No, not at all. Coach [Roy Williams] puts you in, you’ve just got to play and step up. I wasn’t concerned about how long I was playing. I’m well-conditioned, just ready for a long season. I was ready to get started.
On expectations of playing so much so soon –
Definitely. I wouldn’t have come to Carolina if those weren’t my expectations. From Day One, I’ve been working very hard in practice. All the other freshmen, all the other guys on the team have been working very hard. Practice is very competitive. This is what we dream for.
On adjusting so quickly to the college game –
It has a lot to do with our high school coaches; we give credit to those guys. Wayne [Ellington] and I, like Coach said, I guess we just pick up stuff quicker like plays, people’s positions, just doing the little things I guess.