It was crazy. [I found out from] the video coordinator, Matt Braeuer. Actually, nobody really told us directly. Coach Turgeon didn’t come up to me or anything. They kept bringing us back, [asked us to] keep coming to team workouts, come to lifting sessions. Matt eventually told me and Jon Thomas, ‘You guys need to fix your schedules so you can be at practice at three in the afternoon.’ When he said that, I dropped a class in the afternoon. I was just really, really excited.
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Yeah, actually only my parents and a few of my really close friends knew I was trying out. Mostly guys on the club basketball team. I didn’t tell anybody else. I didn’t tell my girlfriend at the time. Everyone was really happy for me.
When did it really sink in that you were on the Maryland basketball team?
I guess it really started to hit me that it was a really big deal when Maryland Madness came around. That’s when it really became real. You see your name up on the screen, you have a jersey now. Before that time, I didn’t have any gear or a jersey. Then it really sunk in that I was part of the Maryland program.
What was your first game action like?
I think it was against Samford. I just remember being really nervous. I was only in for about one minute. I touched the ball one time. I remember being so nervous. I didn’t want to dribble the ball off my foot and feel stupid. … As it progressed, I started to calm down a little more and actually play basketball.
What was your top individual highlight?
It would probably be my only basket. That would have to be the pinnacle.
When did that occur?
It was at U.Va. I got in for like three or four minutes. I just got luck and had the opportunity to take a shot. I drove baseline and took a short jumper that went in.
How was the reaction to your bucket? Were your teammates pretty excited?
Yeah, at least my fellow walk-ons were really happy for me. They were hanging their heads – we lost by 20 or 30-some points. We got on the bus to go back and people gave me some dap. They were supportive.
Were you a big Terps fan before you joined the team?
Growing up as a kid, I wasn’t really a Maryland fan. I grew up in Virginia, [as the son of an] Air Force [man]. When I got [to Maryland] freshman year, I immediately became a diehard Terps fans. I used to be a UNC fan, but I immediately became a Terps fan and threw away all my North Carolina gear. I watched [Sean] Mosley my freshman year and Greivis [Vasquez]. Playing alongside Mosley for the first time, and being on a first-name basis with Greivis, was really an honor.
Have you graduated?
I couldn’t finish up right away because my class schedule got [changed because of basketball], so I have one more semester. I’ll graduate in December. After that, I’m applying for medical school. That’s the next step.
What’s your plan for the summer? When do you take the MCAT?
I take them this August. I’m still hitting the books. I’ll play some pickup and go back to Comcast and roll with the guys a little bit. But mostly I’ll just be hitting the books.
Looking back on the past year, what was the best part about your Maryland basketball career?
The best part about it – it’s a hard question because there are so many things. Wow. I think the coolest part about being on the team was being able to wear Maryland across my chest, and being able to say I’m part of the Maryland basketball program. Whether or not I got on the court, it was such an honor. And another thing I’ll take away from this is that I got so much basketball knowledge, so just soaking it all up. I never had the type of coaching before at the DI level with what Coach Turgeon was teaching us. That was really a pleasure, learning the game of basketball and acquiring so much more knowledge about it.