"I didn't do too well in Grade 9 when I was in Canada," Long said. "My hometown, I know a lot of people and I wasn't really focused on school, which is my fault. I felt like me leaving that place, that area, would help me in the future. By me leaving, my grades just got better. The basketball there is good and getting better, but John Carroll plays one of the top schedules in Maryland. I felt like it was a great opportunity for me on and off the court, education and basketball-wise. I took that opportunity. I know it was a big sacrifice, but it was for the best."