When I was young, around fifth grade, I always found a liking in helping other children with their homework or playing a game with them. I guess just their smiling faces and looking at their faces when they learn something new. That always seemed to grab me.
Where does the interest in medicine come from?
I used to watch a lot of science shows with my dad on the Discovery Channel. Watching the different experiments and medical discoveries, I took a liking to that.
Are you supersititious?
Actually, yes. I like to listen to a lot of slow songs before a game. Usually people like to get all hyped, but I like to stay calm, so I usually find myself listening to Destiny's Child most of the time or Beyonce to just keep calm.
Do you like snow days?
Love them — any day but this Thursday (laughs). I usually lay home and watch TV and love the break, because I know it's back to practice when I come back.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen or the best book you’re read recently?
We’re reading The Great Gatsby now. I really like that book. It kind of focuses on a topic not many books focus on, which would be like 1920s America and the new rich and the old rich, something that not a lot of Americans know about, so it was a very informative book, as well as a nice story.
Are you more competitive on the court or in the classroom?
Honestly, I would say in the classroom. When you see someone get one point higher than you on a test that you know you had, it does kind of drive you.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I'm not really the person who you see in my games. I'm not really mad all the time (laughs). I'm really happy. I love to laugh and tell jokes and all.
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Never give up. It kind of started when I was young. Sometimes school would be a struggle, so I would get angry and not want to do it any more, but my parents would say, "Never give up, because you never know what can happen," and now I find myself with a 3.8 GPA at one of the highest high schools in Baltimore. Them ingraining that point in me definitely helped.
What role has sports played in making you the person you are today?
It definitely has made me stronger as a person. It's gotten me to realize that not every situation will go my way, but there's always something you can do to make the situation better or to prosper from that situation. It also gave me a competitive edge, which has grown into a classroom competitive edge.